New Zealand police have confirmed that the lockdown has been lifted in a tweet:

 

The incident began at the Masjid Al Noor mosque, according to a report on TVNZ, and there are reports of multiple injuries and casualties.

There are also reports of a shooting at a second mosque.

All Christchurch schools were placed in lockdown after the event.

 

 

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed her horror at the events that are currently unfolding in Christchurch.

“This was an act of extraordinary and unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand," she said.

“It is one of New Zealand’s darkest days.

“Many of the people affected by this act of extreme violence will be from our refugee and migrant communities.

“New Zealand is their home. They are us.

“The person or people who carried out this act of unprecedented violence are not.

“There is no place in our home for them.

“My thoughts, and I know all New Zealanders’ thoughts, are with those affected and with the people of Christchurch."