At least two blasts heard at train station in Auckland of New Zealand
Two explosions were heard near a train station in Auckland in New Zealand in the wake of deadly shootings in the city of Christchurch at two mosques.
Earlier in the day, parts of Britomart train station in Auckland were cordoned off after reports of two abandoned backpacks at the train station.
Members of the public were held back behind cordons while the bomb disposal robot was sent in to get a closer look at them. A controlled explosion was heard soon after.
Two explosions have just gone off at Britomart
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A police spokesman confirmed armed officers were at the station, which has been blocked off to motorists.
Armed police and ambulances blocked a section of Victoria St between Albert and Queen Streets at about 8.15pm and prevented people from exiting buildings.
There is no further information available at the moment.
Beginning at about 1.40 p.m. local time, armed gunmen attacked Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Masjid Mosque in Christchurch.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced 40 people have been killed, and at least 20 injured, in Friday's attacks on two Christchurch mosques. 101/205/213