Live: Death toll rises to 50 following Christchurch terror attack – TVNZ


1 NEWS’ live updates after 50 people were killed in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon.

Your playlist will load after this ad

The number of injured is at 50, 36 of those remain in hospital.
Source: 1 NEWS


10.15am: Police are looking into reports of a drone flying around the Hagley Park area in Christchurch.  For the safety of the community, any locals who may be operating this drone are advised to cease this immediately. Drone activity can affect helicopters responding to any emergencies revolving around the Christchurch terror attack. A reminder to the public that there is a no fly zone in place.

10.05am: “The two police officers [that made the arrest] acted with absolute courage and I am so proud of what they have done, they have prevented further deaths and risked their own lives to do so,” says Police Commissioner Mike Bush.

10.00am: Mr Bush says the Australian citizen charged with murder obtained a New Zealand firearms licence in 2017.

9.55am: Security around mosques will continue until there is no threat, police say.

9.45am: The 28-year-old charged with murder appeared in court yesterday and has been remanded until April 5 to appear in the High Court, according to police.  Two others were also in custody, one woman has been released without charge and a man has been charged with firearms offences.  At this stage police do not believe either of them were involved in the attacks.

9.35am: Police Commissioner Mike Bush says death toll has been revised to 50.  The number of injured is also 50, 36 of those remain in Christchurch Hospital, 2 remain critical and one child in Starship Hospital.

ALSO READ   A 95-year-old World War II veteran took 4 buses to attend a march after the New Zealand mosque attacks - CNN

8.30am: Aziz, 48, is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.

When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn’t hide. Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming “Come here!”

But Aziz, whose four sons and dozens of others remained in the mosque while he faced off with the gunman, said he thinks it’s what anyone would have done.  Read full story here.

Abdul Aziz, survivor of mosque shooting is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch.

Abdul Aziz, survivor of mosque shooting is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch.
Source: Associated Press


8.00am: A UN anti racism day march makes a stop outside New Zealand house to lay flowers.

7.45am: Australia are paying their respects too.

7:30am: Over 42,000 people have donated to the Givealittle fund set up for the families affected by the Christchurch twin terror attacks, reaching a close $3 million.

The Givealittle fund raiser began on March 15 and has since raised $2,825,128.

7.15am: The Bangladesh national cricket team have returned home.  Captain Mahmud Ullah spoke to media and thanked New Zealand authorities for arranging their safety and quick return.  

The team was scheduled to play the third and final test against New Zealand from Saturday.  Some members of the team escaped the attack as they arrived a few minutes late at Al Noor mosque for prayers.  

ALSO READ   Package containing white powder sent to Houses of Parliament

7.00am: Last night hundreds of people gathered on the beach at Mount Maunganui as vigils continued for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.  Parents held children on their shoulders, fathers wiped away tears and there were candles and singing – but also anger.

Your playlist will load after this ad

Tears, hugs and prayers as families young and old lay flowers and candles down for the victims at a vigil last night.
Source: 1 NEWS


Hundreds gather on the beach at Mount Maunganui at sunset for a vigil for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Source: 1 NEWS


Moving vigils were also held at Tamatekapua in Rotorua and at Hamilton’s Claudelands Park.  With more vigils set to continue today.

49 people are confirmed dead in the shooting which took place at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. Four of the 49 killed died on en route to hospital and one died in hospital.

Thirty-six remain in hospital with 11 people in ICU and 1 child transferred to Starship hospital.



READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply