1) EIGHT KILLED IN BRAZIL HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING
Two former students shot dead eight people, most of them students and staff, at a high school near Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday before turning their weapons on themselves.
The attack took place at around 9.30am during a recess period.
According to the military police Colonel Marcelo Sales, the two assailants burst into the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a .38 caliber revolver and a medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrow.
He added, after shooting at students in the yard, the killers headed to the language center where several students were hiding and committed suicide in a corridor.
Sao Paulo’s Public Security Secretary Joao Pires de Campos said, Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, and the victims in this case were five students aged 15 to 17, two school officials aged 38 and 59, and a 51-year-old carwash owner who was shot by the attackers before they arrived at the school.
The two assailants, who wore hoods, were identified as former pupils aged 17 and 25.
The reasons for the attack are unknown.
2) MULTIPLE CASUALTIES FEARED AS SHOOTINGS SHAKE CHRISTCHURCH
New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.
A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque.
The Bangladesh cricket team coach told the media that his cricket team was going to Friday prayers at the mosque, the Masjid Al Noor, when the shooting occurred but all members were safe.
Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside the mosque in Christchurch’s Hagley Park district.
A member of parliament from Christchurch Amy Adams, horrified to hear of the Christchurch mosque shootings said there was never a justification for that sort of hatred.
According to 2013 census, Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand’s population.