49 killed in New Zealand mosque shooting

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

The lethal attack occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1:45 pm (local time) that reportedly over 40 people have been killed after shooters opened fire in two mosques in the city in a coordinated series of terrorist attacks.

New Zealand authorities said that three people had been arrested, but their identities were not made public.

One has been identified as a male in his late 20s has been charged with murder and is expected to appear in court tomorrow. The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

Two other people were being held in custody and police said they were trying to determine how they might be involved.

New Zealand was placed on its highest security threat level, Ardern said, adding that "this can now only be described as a terrorist attack".

"It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that numerous victims could be migrants or refugees.

"Just heard news of the devastating reports from New Zealand Christchurch".

The suspect has been named as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian.

Then, the man proceeded to live stream the terrible attack inside one of the mosques, on Facebook Live. The white supremacist revealed he was inspired by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.

At least 48 people were wounded, some critically.

After 49 lives were lost in this senseless attack, police also found improvised explosive devices strapped to vehicles, according to Buzzfeed News. The terror attack had been live-streamed on Facebook and uploaded onto social media sites where it was widely shared before being taken down. Tarrant has spent little time in Australia in the past four years and only had minor traffic infractions on his record.

Both mosques are in Christchurch's city center and police have placed the two locations on lockdown. An officer stopped him.

"From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned", she said, adding that in addition to the dead another 20 people were seriously injured.

The killings were condemned by political and Islamic leaders across Asia.

Then Prime Minister Helen Clark, while defending the right of the press to publish what they want, called the cartoon decision "ill-judged" and "gratuitous".

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the death toll has increased to 49 in shootings at two mosques.

He said he helped about five people recover in his home. Ardern said the country's gun laws will change as a result of the carnage, but she did not specify how. For many New Zealand was their choice, a place they actively came to and committed themselves to.it was a place where many came to for their safety. "But I just ask people, don't share them".

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