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New Zealand police respond to reports of shooting in Christchurch

New Zealand police deployed armed officers in central Christchurch on Friday (March 15) after reports that several shots had been fired, police said, and witnesses at a mosque told media of several casualties.

People in centre of the city should stay indoors, police said.

Police officials did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building.

(Production: James Redmayne)

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