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49 killed, 20 injured in Mass Shooting at two Mosques in New Zealand

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The usually peaceful nation, New Zealand was on Friday shocked by a carefully planned and unprecedented attack of mass shootings at two mosques at Christchurch. The shooting left at least 49 people dead and 20 seriously injured.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press conference, saying the suspects held “extremist views” that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

Forty-one people were killed at the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue, said Mike Bush, New Zealand’s Police Commissioner. Seven people died at the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue, and one person died from their injuries in hospital.

Both mosques are in Christchurch city center. Police placed the two locations on lockdown.

A total of 48 patients, including young children with gunshot wounds, were admitted to Christchurch hospital for treatment.

Bush said four people were taken into custody — three men and one woman. Police do not believe there are any other suspects but said it was still an open investigation.

Bush said a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and will appear at the Christchurch court Saturday morning local time.

One of the four detained at the scene was in possession of firearms but police said they may have had nothing to do with incident. Two others were also arrested in possession of firearms and police are still trying to understand their involvement, Bush said. None of the four had been on any security watch lists prior to the attack.

Two improvised explosive devices were attached to a vehicle as part of the attack. One device has been disabled and authorities are working on the other.

“This goes to the seriousness of the situation,” Bush said.

A number of weapons were also recovered at both the Linwood and Dean Avenue locations.

CNN

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South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa stuck inside train during his Campaign

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South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa has in a passengers that has reportedly stopped for hours with no reason given for the delay.

Journalist who are accompanying Mr Ramaphosa, who is campaigning in the northern province of Guateng for the 8 May election – have been sharing updates on social media.

Some frustrated passengers have climbed out of the train to look for alternative means of transport, while traders operating near where the train stopped have been selling their wares to passengers, BBC reports.

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Homeless Nigerian Boy becomes Chess Champion in US

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A homeless eight-year-old boy has become a chess champion in United States. Tanitoluwa Adewumi left his home in the north in 2017, as a result of attacks by Boko Haram terrorists.

He lives in a shelter in the US with his mother Oluwatoyin, father Kayode and older brother, and when he showed an interest in chess his mother got him to join a local club.

He has been playing for just over a year, but with hours of practice he won top prize in his age category at the New York State Chess Championship.

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Many injured as Man opens fire on Dutch tram

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Several people have been injured after a man opened fire on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, police have said.

A square has been cordoned off by authorities, and emergency services are at the scene.

Details later…

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