Police in New Zealand are responding to reports of a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch.
Armed police have been deployed in the city centre, and all schools in the area have been placed on lockdown.
It is unclear how many people may have been injured, but one witness told the AP news agency that he heard dozens of gunshots.
Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque – followed by people running from the building in terror.
He also claimed that he saw the gunman flee before emergency services arrived.
New Zealand Police tweeted: “In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.”
Police did not comment on whether the incident took place inside the mosque or nearby.
“Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.
The Bangladesh cricket team is currently in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.
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