Four people were in custody — one of whom was charged with murder — after at least one heavily-armed shooter mowed down Muslim worshippers at Friday prayer, massacring 49 people in two New Zealand mosques while broadcasting a horrific live stream of the terror attack.
A 28-year-old Australian-born citizen was in custody after claiming responsibility for the attacks and allegedly posting a white nationalist manifesto immediately before the murder spree. The man was described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.” Of the other three people in custody — one of whom was a woman — officials said at least one may not be connected to the attacks, Fox News reports.
The gunman has been confirmed to be Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, who wrote a 73-page manifesto declaring his evil intentions.
“Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” New Zealand Police tweeted. “We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”
(We have seen the footage and have chosen not to publish it.)
Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online. We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) March 15, 2019
Witnesses said the Masjid Al Noor mosque was full for Friday afternoon prayers when the shooting occurred. Len Peneha told the Associated Press that he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of gunshots. That was followed by terrified mosque-goers running from the terror. A suspect was seen outside, fleeing after dropping what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon, witnesses said.
— Herald Sun (@theheraldsun) March 15, 2019
New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern says two “explosives” were “attached to the suspects’ cars,” suggesting there was a “degree of planning” regarding the two mosque shootings in Christchurch. The four suspects were not on a terror-watch list prior to the shootings.
Two backpacks which were left unattended near Britomart Train Station in Auckland blown up by the NZ Defence Force.
Islam has been attacking people world wide and killing people with 0 mercy, did they think the world would not eventually start to push back?
The mainstream media is blowing this up into an epic ordeal, when we all know that when muslims kill Christians, barely even a whisper. I provided the facts as we know them right now, now we wait and see how Democrats will use this against America though the incident happened in New Zealand.