New Zealand’s Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern confirmed 40 people were killed and more than 20 were seriously injured in what she labeled a well-planned “terrorist attack” that targeted worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch on Friday.
The New Zealand police said four people — three men and one woman — were in custody in connection with the attack. Investigators later defused a number of improvised explosive devices that were found inside vehicles. Arden described the suspects as one principal, two associates and one person not directly connected to the attacks. She said the suspects were not on any security watch lists.
“These are people who I would describe as having extremist views, that have absolutely no place in New Zealand.” Arden said.
Thirty people were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and seven were slain inside the Linwood Masjid Mosque. Another three died outside the Linwood mosque.