April 17, 2019 / 12:11 AM / 2 days ago

New Zealand's revises national security threat level to medium

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends the national remembrance service for victims of the mosque attacks, at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s national security threat level has been revised down to medium after it was raised to high in the wake of a mass shooting in Christchurch on March 15 that killed 50 people, the prime minister’s office said in a statement on Wednesday.

“While the threat level has been revised to medium, and there is no current specific threat agencies are responding to, people will continue to notice a clear police presence at public events, including on ANZAC Day,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in the statement.

The country celebrates ANZAC Day, a day of war remembrance also observed in Australia, on April 25.

Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Paul Tait

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