At least 49 people have been killed, and 20 seriously injured, after gunmen opened fire at two mosques
in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
“Police are currently in attendance at a property of Somerville Street, Dunedin,” the New Zealand force
said on Twitter. Dunedin is a city near the southern tip of New Zealand, around 225 miles (362 km) from Christchurch.
“This is a location of interest in relation to the serious firearms incident
in Christchurch today,” the police tweeted. “Evacuationsof properties
in the immediate area have taken place as a precaution.” Cordons are in place around the area.
New Zealand Police have issued an update on the shooting, confirming
that a 28-year-old man has been charged with murder and
will appear in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning. Two others remain in custody.
“There are community events planned across the country this weekend and there will be a visible Police presence
at these events for safety and reassurance,” the force also said.
Christchurch – New Zealand and Bangladesh on Friday cancelled the third Test after multiple people were killed in gun attacks on mosques in Christchurch, including one that was attended by the Bangladeshi team.
“A joint decision between NZC and the @BCBtigers has been made to cancel the Hagley Oval Test,” the New Zealand team tweeted, adding that all players and officials were safe.
The third and final Test was scheduled to start on Saturday at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval. New Zealand won the first two games in the series.
Bangladeshi players and team staff arrived at the city’s Masjid al Noor for Friday prayers as a shooting unfolded and were warned not to go inside.
“We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders are,” NZ Cricket chief executive David White told TVNZ.
“I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it’s inappropriate to play cricket at this time.”