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this is the briefing. i'm victoria fritz. our top story: the area with police in new zealand say four people have been taken into custody in the city of christchurch saturate the area with enough equipment to ensure that when we following gun attacks release that lockdown, people can on two mosques. get home safely. we are in the process of that, it will happen very shortly. we are pouring resources into that area, every available there was screaming and crying canterbury staff member and people nearby, other emergency services and i saw some people drop dead. also, are saturating that area with new zealand police say visibility to ensure that everyone who needs to get home can get home there have been "multiple fatalities" following what they described as a "tragic series of events" in the canterbury region on friday. safely. we're also setting up a the prime minister spoke a short time ago about the gravity of the situation. what i can say is that it is clear facility, as we must, because this is absolutely tragic, there will be that this is one of new zealand's so is absolutely tragic, there will be so people affected, so that people can get more information. they will be worried about their loved ones, we do not have the identities of
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those people who have died as yet because those locations are still in lockdown, but we want to make sure we set up a facility where people can phone in and get the information they need. that is an absolute priority, our people are doing that at the moment. i want to assure the public we are doing everything we can to make sure there is no more harm to their communities. as i said, i will return to speak more this evening with more detail. i will open up for some questions but it is quite possible i will be unable to help with any more detail and i do need to return to work to brief others. you have any other information on the shooters? not at this stage. four wiring custody, three are men and one is a woman. as i understand it. it is moving quite quickly so i need to frame back in that way that thatis need to frame back in that way that that is what we believe at this
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moment. anything about motivation? not conclusively. we are working our way through that. is this a terrorist attack? we are still looking at the circumstances surrounding this. it does not get any more serious in this country. are you aware of the video on social media? i am aware. i have seen social media footage and it is very disturbing it should not be in the public domain and we are doing everything we can to remove it. how did you apprehend the attackers? the attackers were apprehended by local police staff. there has been some absolute acts of bravery and i am hugely proud of our police staff in the way they responded to this. let's not presume that the danger is gone. we want to make sure that we are right across the community and we are as visible and equipped as we need to be to make that happen.
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there were reports of a car bomb? there were reports of a car bomb? there were reports of a car bomb? there were a number of ied is attached to vehicles were stopped. they have been made safe by the defence force but that does go to the seriousness of the situation. was the attacker arrested wearing wide explosives? he has been made safe. we are still working through that we believe there was claimed that we believe there was claimed that that that person was absolutely safe. nine suspects, can you confirm that? i cannot confirm that. i can confirm that we have arrested four people. i will not assume there are not others but i do not have information to that effect. i cannot go into that detail either. the detail will unfold over the next few days, that is all i can say at this stage. iam days, that is all i can say at this stage. i am absolutely conscious that the public need to be informed. we have two my left a host of
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communications staff who will make that happen. as you can imagine we have so many operational staff committed to this operation. have police had been instructed to be armed for the next week? our staff will have immediate access to the equipment they need to keep themselves in the community safe. our offices outside christchurch being armed? yes. we do not assume this is contained to christchurch. we have no information to suggest it is. we should never make assumptions. thank you. the new zealand police commissioner there. was a live press conference from wellington. excuse me. just to update you on what you may have missed, police confirm multiple fatalities and a number of improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles. they cannot at the moment give identities for all
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of those killed or wounded because of those killed or wounded because of the lockdown which is still very much in place. it is in place because they have four people in custody. he believes three men and one women that he could not absolutely confirmed that. he said they cannot confirm that there are not others at large. as the prime minister said earlier it is clear it is one of new zealand's darkest days and she described an extraordinary act of violence. it stands still, the warning nationwide for all mosques to close their doors. we can speak now to our correspondent to catch up on anything else that has come through. what are you hearing? the police there telling us something we did not know, that we now have four people in custody. three men and one woman and the first confirmation we have heard that there were i be des first confirmation we have heard that there were i be ties on that improvised explosive devices as part of this attack, what looks to now
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have been a orchestrated and planned attack in the city of christchurch. we knew that there was at least one vehicle involved. there were unconfirmed footage showing petrol ca ns unconfirmed footage showing petrol cans inside the vehicle but also had three weapons. the suggestion we have heard for the first time that the other vehicles involved in other improvised devices that may have been planned to carry out some kind of bomb attack. however, the better news from the police was that those devices have been made safe. they do not, however, yet know whether this emergency is at an end and whether it is precautionary or whether they have other information we do not know. that they are continuing to keep the city in lockdown in fear that there could be another person at large. as the police say they cannot assume there are not others at large. it does seem to have been at large. it does seem to have been a very well—planned attack. at large. it does seem to have been a very well-planned attack. yes. this has gone from being what many people characterised as a lone wolf attack to something more planned more deliberate and tragically
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something that shows a great deal of planning. if there were multiple people involved that means it would have been called war donated across the city and while we do not know whether there were three shooters or for shooters, we simply do not know. we know at least one person was carrying a great deal of weaponry and a new musician that meant that they too would have been planning this for quite sometime. we heard the word unprecedented and this ta kes the word unprecedented and this takes it up another notch again in terms of new zealand and austral asia's terrorist incidents. this is an act of terror being inflicted upon muslims living in new zealand, potentially to try and send a terrifying message to people further afield. that is maybe why jacinda ardern was so very quick to give words of reassurance to say that people come to new zealand from other countries and people of muslim
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faith are also new zealanders and anyone who follows eight brand of extremist hatred like this are not considered the country—. extremist hatred like this are not considered the country-. she said many migrants and refugees may have been affected, they had chosen to make their home here and that they we re make their home here and that they were new zealanders, but those who carried out the attack were not. news is not a backward place and christchurch is a city... the country does not have a gun carrying culture. you would think it would be difficult to move this quantity of armoury and ammunition around. absolutely. and that is one of the things that police need to look out to work out whether there are any existing or continuing threat. we know that the gunmen potentially have multiple weapons. we know now from the police that they had improvised explosive devices. if they were able to gather the ammunition in order to carry out an attack, they potentially have gathered something else as well?
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further on, once we know that the threat is over and after a full investigation is launched, questions will be asked as to how someone in new zealand which has relatively tough licensing, gun licensing laws able to gather such ammunition and to gather such firepower to carry out a devastating attack. new zealand is the country, as you said, relatively peaceful it does not have a gun culture. by and large the police do not carry guns, only specialist trained officers are permitted to carry guns and that was pa rt permitted to carry guns and that was part of the response in a city like christchurch which would not have a large contingency, they needed to be called upon quickly in order to try and lockdown and end this correct. were not entirely sure if that threat is that an end to. anyone could put them in the place and could put them in the place and could sympathise with the parents, the friends and family of people who just don't know whether their loved ones are safe because everyone has been obliged to stay where they are,
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in lockdown. this is a problem for pa rents in lockdown. this is a problem for parents who had children out on climate change rallies, they were spread out in open spaces throughout the country. they must be crazy with whiteley. while the protests would have ended several hours ago potentially some of those children would have naturally returned home. there some degree of confusion, particularly in christchurch as to where everyone is, particularly, as often happens in these times, eve ryo ne often happens in these times, everyone is jamming the mobile phone system and calls and text do not a lwa ys system and calls and text do not always get through. but the main concern will be over who was in the two mosques involved, the places where we know there have been deaths in the shootings and if there are other people at large, making sure that children and adults, whoever they are, that they are in a safe place and not walking the streets. the police have been quite clear at the moment that people should stay indoors in case there is anyone else
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at large. to give very much for that. be her just at large. to give very much for that. be herjust now from an new zealand police commissioner in wellington and he said the situation was unprecedented. you may have heard it earlier. we can pull it up at the moment. i think we can go live to auckland to the editor of a radio show. leslie, can you hear me? good afternoon. good afternoon to you. could you tell us please the latest that you are hearing? we just heard the police press conference. they have not confirmed any official death toll but we are getting unconfirmed reports of at least 27 dead and we have seen are the reports that say it may be as high as 50 and the hospital has been told to prepare for a number of injured people, anywhere between 30 and 50.
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as jacinda ardern said, a dark day for new zealand. we cannot believe that this has happened in this country. forgive me, how prepared to you authorities would have been? everyone knew the cause of the events that have happened around the world that new zealand may not be immune buti world that new zealand may not be immune but i don't think anyone was prepared for this. as you heard, the police commissioner said every available police resource is in christ church at the moment working on this and the worry is if itjust in christchurch or something planned elsewhere in the country? what do you hear about that? at this stage it does seem to be confined to christchurch. there are suggestions that one of the gunmen is an australian. the terrible thing is he posted video of the shooting online. that has been pulled down and police are requesting anyone who saw it before then but they do not repost it. as i say, a few people have seen
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the video and it is shocking and disturbing. the attack at masjid al noor seems to have been live streamed and this manifesto posted online, the weapons appeared to have... we will not use it because it is horrible, but the weapons appear to have slogans painted on them. this was a well—planned. appear to have slogans painted on them. this was a well—plannedm does appear that we. and as you heard police have arrested four people. we are still wondering whether there is another active shooter out there which is why christchurch city is in lockdown. children were due to go home from school at three o'clock and it is now quarter to six and children are still in lockdown at their schools. pa rents still in lockdown at their schools. parents have been told to not come and get them just yet. they are told that their children are safe and are being looked after. police are still on the streets and parts of christchurch are just a ghost town
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on what would normally be a busy friday night. police have also confirmed a number of improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles. it seems extraordinary that this quantity of weaponry ammunition and explosives were able to be moved without anyone picking anything up. absolutely. and at the moment our prime minister is speaking about intelligence agencies and believe, asking what they may or may not know about this. tells more about new zealand's gun laws. people... um,... guns are nota normal thing to have here. we're not like america, we are more similar to britain. people have guns for rabbit shooting or possum shooting. we no longer have a firearms register that people do need to have a gun licence to own a gun. that does not stop a
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criminal element from ignoring the outlawing getting hold of guns. the prime minister, i'm sure she will speak again, but we heard earlier her saying that many of these affected may be migrants and refugees who chose to make their home in new zealand. they are us, the people who carried out this attack are not ours and they have no place in new zealand society. will those remarks resonate? i think they will resonate and as he said, many of the people who attend mosques in this country have come from terrible situations overseas to what they would hope was a safe haven, and now this has happened. i do think new zealanders on the whole will rally around certain people and show them support and do whatever they can to help, at this stage though, we still do not know exactly what the situation is and whether it is over, the country is actually in shock and disbelief. thank you very
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much indeed. lesley deverall there, editor of the new show, newstalk zb. it is early in the morning, so everybody is searching for news, what happened to the bangladeshi cricket team ? so what happened to the bangladeshi cricket team? so later on, we got to know that the bangladesh cricket team, they were actually in a practice session nearby the mosque and the stadium, except two players. the rest of them were going to the mosque and they were just about to enter the mosque, then one lady warned them not to enter the mosque because the government took control
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of the mosque in the attack was going on. then the frightened bangladeshi players immediately, they were running away from the scene and they came to the stadium area and the team management advise them to stay in the stadium premises. and therefore they have been escorted to the hotel again. so the pictures that you have seen on the pictures that you have seen on the social media in bangladesh, all bangladeshi players are really scared, they are frustrated, they are devastated, and definitely they are devastated, and definitely they are very lucky to survive the attack because as far as we know, one bangladeshi reporter who was covering the two in the area, he put a pairand a covering the two in the area, he put a pair and a facebook page we set at least 27 people are dead so far, this is his version. wherever bangladeshi players go, because bangladeshi players go, because bangladesh is mostly a muslim society and the players who play in the bank that she cricket team, except one or two, mostly muslim, so wherever they go, they go for prayer wherever they go, they go for prayer wherever it is, in england or new zealand, australia, where ever it is. -- zealand, australia, where ever it is. —— bangladesh cricket team. so this is part of their prayer time.
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now, the bangladeshi cricket management, the bangladesh cricket board president, he is due to hold a press c0 nfe re nce board president, he is due to hold a press conference within an hour or two where he will actually inform the media whether or not this cricket team should stay in new zealand or not, because the bangladesh cricket team, they have been to new zealand for the last several weeks. they have already played two test matches new zealand and the one—day internationals, so the third cricket match, which was due to be held within a day or two, the bangladesh cricket team will pull out of the tour because they are so pull out of the tour because they are so scared and one of the bangladeshi cricketers, he said that the situation that we have been passing through, it is not possible for them to continue that tour but even the bangladesh cricket board management took the final decision. yeah, it is an obvious point and you anticipated there but i can see new
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zealand cricket now confirming that the third test has been cancelled. we should stress that the whole team all right, they were unhurt. yeah, the whole team is unhurt. that is good news for bangladesh, for bangladeshis, because the result could have been very different once they entered the mosque, because they entered the mosque, because they were just a few hundred yards away from the mosque, so they immediately came back to the stadium premises, as i earlier mentioned. 50 they all are saying they are unhurt, so they all are saying they are unhurt, so the people, they are expressing their gratitude in facebook posts, twitter and the social media invented — that the bangladesh cricket team is unhurt. the kind of attack that took place in new zealand, if you remember that when a few years ago bangladeshi, the australian cricket board, they cancelled their tour to bangladesh apprehending a terrorist attack in
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bangladesh, later on other countries cancel their bangladesh trip, i'm talking about three years ago. but this kind of attack happened inside a mosque, this is very unprecedented for bangladeshi players and bangladeshi muslims. they can't really accept it and they are frightened because they think it is not safe to say new zealand. is there any suggestion that the teamwork target? not really. -- the teamwork target? not really. -- the teamwork target. we cannot see any suggestion here because before the bangladeshi team players got to the mosque, the attack occurred. 50 if they were the target, the situation could have been different. 50 now we can say that clearly, that the team was not the target, but regarding the way they entered the mosque, the situation we have heard from the bangladeshi journalists who are covering the event, so surely the
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bangladesh cricket team was not a target, but the result would have been very different once the bangladeshi cricket team could have entered the mosque. that was our correspondent in dhaka. we can go no i think to new zealand's police commissioner mike he gave a press conference just a short while ago in wellington, he said the situation was unprecedented.|j wellington, he said the situation was unprecedented. i want to start by saying that we are currently dealing with an unprecedented situation in new zealand. it is a grave, it is the serious. we have dealt with and active shooter situation. —— very serious. we have multiple fatalities, at this point, i can't say how many but it is significant. they occurred in two locations, to mosques in christchurch, one deans ave and one at linwood avenue. 0ur police have those locations locked down, we have
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four people in custody. we don't, we are not aware of other people but we cannot assume there are not others at large. we have a number of schools in lockdown. we are currently making sure we have enough staff to saturate the area with enough equipment to ensure that when we release that lockdown, people can get home safely. in the process of that, it will happen very shortly. we are pouring resources into that area, we are pouring resources into that area , every we are pouring resources into that area, every available canterbury staff member, and people nearby, other emergency services also, are saturating that area with visibility to ensure that everyone who needs to get home can get home safely. we are also setting up the facility, as we must, because this is absolutely tragic. there will be so many people
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affected, so that people can get more information, they will be worried about their loved ones. we do not have the identities of those people who have died as yet, because those locations are still in lockdown, but we want to make sure we set up a facility where people can phone in and get the information they need. that is an absolute priority, our people doing that at the moment. as you can imagine, this is requiring every police and emergency resource that we have available. we have defence force aircraft here in wellington ready to fly more resources into the area. we will do that from other locations nearby as well. so i want to assure the public, we are doing everything we can to make sure there is no more harm to their communities. new zealand's police commissioner mike bush speaking just a short while ago. in case you justjoined us, and we now reporter, ramsden, 0leon.
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emergency vehicles rushing the injured to hospital after gunmen entered the al noor mosque in christchurch and opened fire. about 300 people were in attendance for the traditional friday prayers. a senior member of the congregation described the horrific scene. —— ramzan karmali. i saw that some people were running out to my, through my room where i was in and also, i saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping. at that moment, i realise that it was a really serious. there are reports that carmen was firing continuously for at least ten minutes. another mosque in the city also came under attack and police say that several other people have also been apprehended. new zealand's prime minister expressed a shock. what i can say is that it is clear that this is one of new zealand's darkest days. clearly, what is an extraordinary and unprecedented acts of violence. local canterbury police
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have not confirmed numbers, but have said that there have been fatalities and injuries in more than one location. in an unprecedented action, they have also asked for all mosques throughout the country to close their doors. and currently, the whole of christ church is in lockdown. ramzan karmali, bbc news. and just an update on what ramzan karmali was saying there, police have made four updates, they say three men and one woman, but they say they cannot confirm there are not other offenders at large. —— christchurch. also, there were number of ieds, improvised explosive devices, attached to vehicles. they say they cannot give identities or those looked at the moment because of the lockdown, which are still
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very much in place. the advice from the police to is to remain indoors, evenif the police to is to remain indoors, even if that means you are separated from your loved ones for the moment. there is some suggestion just coming in from the radio show newstalk zb that there may be 27 dead, possibly as high as 50, but we cannot confirm that figure. thank you for watching, much more on the website. hello again. a quick look at what's happening in east africa's mozambique first of all. because here, cyclone idai is making landfall near mozambique's fourth biggest city. now, prior to landfall, the winds were gusting at 140 mph, so damaging gusts of wind working into this part of mozambique. we're highly likely to see some severe flooding. so the weatherjust looks reall nasty over the next few days in mozambique. we may well hear some stories about that over the coming days. here in the uk, well, our windy, blustery spell of weather is set to continue. but obviously, nothing on that kind of scale. and if you're heading outside over the next few hours, there is the chance of some rain around. low pressure is in charge of our weather. and still we've got those reasonably tightly packed isobars over the uk today.
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so it is going to be another blustery kind of day. outbreaks of rain across england and wales tending to trickle southwards. never really getting away from south—east england, where it could be a damp day. a similar picture too for southern parts of wales. further northwards, well, at least you get some sunshine, but here again there will be a number of blustery showers, northern ireland, northern england, and scotland. and it will feel quite cool in the wind, with those temperatures 5—7 degrees across northern areas. and the showers continue to feed in overnight. but at the same time, friday night sees a pulse of heavier rain working back northwards into northern ireland, and across england and wales. now we could see a bit of snow for a time over the high ground. and there is potential for multiple hazards around really as we start off the weekend, thanks to this developing nasty area of low pressure. what might catch your eye is the snow. well, we're going to see some of that over the higher ground of northern ireland, northern england, and scotland. could see around 10—20 centimetres above 350 metres elevation. but some snow could get down to lower levels for a time. it's going to be very wet across the hills of northern england and wales. over the high ground of wales,
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we could see 100 millimetres of rain, bringing a risk of some localised flooding. and then there's the winds. winds could gust up to around 50 or 60 mph for southern wales, southern england, perhaps 70 mph in the most exposed locations. so all of these weather elements add up to the risk of some disruptive weather as we go on through the first part of the weekend. now that system actually strengthens as it leaves the uk, so across eastern scotland could have some very strong winds for a time here. and on sunday, north—westerly winds flowing in across the uk, bringing plenty of showers across northern and western areas. a few of those blowing in across more inland parts, through central and eastern england, central and eastern parts of scotland as well. the showers quite intense. could still have a wintry flavour to them over the high ground. and it will feel cool in the wind, with temperatures reaching a high, at best, of around ten. that's your weather.
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