Wellington, March 15: The New Zealand flag flies at half-mast outside the Parliament building in Wellington on Friday evening. Forty people have been killed and 48 people hurt after gunmen stormed two Christchurch mosques in the worst terror attack on New Zealand soil.
New Zealand police have issued a helpline number on which people can receive information about the missing persons. Police wish to notify the public of the Restoring Family Links (RFL) website where people can register missing persons or register themselves as alive. People living in New Zealand can also register missing persons on 0800 115 019.
Our priority is to keep all New Zealanders safe. 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. Said police in the tweeter message.
Indian embassy urged people that they are ready with all assistance and help needed. "We are shocked to hear about the shooting in #Christchurch Any Indians needing assistance should contact us"
Queen Elizabeth II offers condolences to New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand's monarch and the head of the Commonwealth, has released a message to the people of the country.
She said she was "deeply saddened" by the news, and paid tribute to emergency services.
“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.
At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.
Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has condemned the attacks. The OIC represents 57 nations with large or majority-Muslim populations.
"Unprecedented" event for New Zealand, say police
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.