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New Zealand PM says 40 killed in Christchurch mass shootings

WELLINGTON – Armed police forces in New Zealand swarmed central Christchurch on Friday amid a shooting at a mosque in the South Island city . There have been reports that members of the Bangladesh cricket team were also found at the site.

Another mosque is used as targeted in the city , based on local media reports . While the police have verified fatalities , they have not specified a number .

New Zealand is not used to mass shootings of the kind seen at the two mosques in Christchurch on Friday that killed at least 40 people and left 48 injured.

Until Friday, the biggest massacre in the country’s history happened 30 years ago, when a man named David Gray went on a shooting rampage, killing 13 people.

Following the attack, the nation’s gun laws — which were first passed in 1983 — came under scrutiny. The ensuing debate led to a 1993 amendment on the regulation of military-style semi-automatic firearms.

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