Two Saudi citizen were injured in the terrorist attack that left 49 dead and 20 badly injured in armed assaults on two Christchurch mosques Friday, according to an official statement from the Kingdom’s embassy in Wellington.
The embassay issued statements confirming that the two citizens were being treated at a hospital for their wounds.
The embassy called on all its citizens in Christchurch to follow instructions issued by local authorities to stay indoors until further notice.
After it was earlier reported that a gunman opened fire at a mosque killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack.”
“From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned.” Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed,” she added.
New Zealand media earlier reported that between nine and 27 people were killed, but the death toll could not be confirmed. Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.