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At least 27 dead in shooting at two New Zealand mosques

March 15, 7:04 UTC+3 SYDNEY

Four people are in custody — three men and one woman

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SYDNEY, March 15. /TASS/. At least 27 people were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire at people inside two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, the Otago Daily Times said on its website on Friday.

At least 30 of those injured were rushed to city hospitals.

Police detained one of the shooters.

Armed people entered the the Al Noor and Linwood Masjid mosques in Christchurch at about 13:45 local time (04:46 Moscow time) shortly after the day prayer, blocked the entrance doors and opened fire. According to eyewitnesses, about 200 and 300 people were inside the buildings when the attack occurred.

So far, the casualty reports have not yet been officially confirmed, but police urged citizens to stay indoors. All schools in the city were closed.

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