15 March 2019
Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the deadliest attack in the country’s history.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of New Zealand’s “darkest days”.
Here’s what we know so far about how the attacks unfolded.
The first shooting took place at the Al Noor mosque, in central Christchurch.
The gunman, armed with semi-automatic weapons, live-streamed footage of his rampage to Facebook, filmed with a head-mounted camera.
Footage showed him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the mosque.
The attacker’s headcam footage begins in an industrial estate on Leslie Hills Drive, just west of Al Noor mosque.
It shows him driving south on to Mandeville Street and Blenheim Road towards the city centre before turning north up Deans Avenue.
He reaches the mosque a few minutes later, pulling the car into an alleyway at the side of the building and turning the car around to park facing Deans Avenue.
The suspect then gets out, selects a weapon from the boot of the car and walks to the building, where he begins his deadly attack on worshippers inside.
This was approximately 13:40 local time (12:40 GMT).
Six minutes later, he drives along Deans Avenue, around the Botanic Gardens to Bealey Avenue, where his headcam footage cuts out.
The second attack then took place a little later at Linwood Mosque, east of the city centre.
Attack 1: Al Noor mosque, 41 dead
Attack 2: Linwood mosque, eight killed (one dying in hospital from injuries)
There were fewer details about the attack in the Christchurch suburb of Linwood.
Survivors told local media they saw a gunman in a black motorcycle helmet open fire on about 100 people praying inside.
UPDATE: Shootings reported at mosques in New Zealand https://t.co/DoqjrXmCBz
Christchurch mass shooting: New Zealand police confirm there have been “multiple fatalities, as far as we know, at two locations” named as mosques in Christchurch, and that one person is in custody https://t.co/q9kkPUq6Px https://t.co/6iWvj3HfGP
A gunman opened fire on 2 mosques in central Christchurch, killing multiple people. The police said one person was in custody, but they were unsure if there were other people involved. https://t.co/ZznXhQFTiN