Prime Minister Says 'One Of New Zealand's Darkest Days' After Fatalities In Christchurch

Prime Minister Says 'One of New Zealand's Darkest Days' After Fatalities in Christchurch

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference about the shootings in the country's east coast city of Christchurch, referring to the incident as "one of New Zealand's darkest days."

"It is clear that this is one of New Zealand's darkest days. What has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence," Ardern told reporters.

"For now my thoughts and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders are with those who have been affected and also with the families," Ardern added.

The prime minister added that the authorities were "potentially still dealing with an evolving situation."

The video recording of Ardern's statement was published by local tv broadcaster.

Meanwhile, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel said she was "shocked beyond words" by the shootings.

"I would never have expected anything like this to happen in Christchurch, I'd never expect this to happen in New Zealand," Dalziel said as quoted by the Stuff news outlet.

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