Dead, Dozens Injured After Attacks At New Zealand Mosques

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 17, 2019

The judge said "it was reasonable to assume" more such charges would follow.

An Australian gunman involved in attacks on New Zealand mosques Friday that left at least 40 people dead published a racist manifesto on Twitter beforehand then livestreamed his rampage, according to an AFP online analysis.

This is the first time in New Zealand's history that the country's threat level has been raised to this level.

Speaking to media at Parliament tonight, Ardern described the attack as "an act of terror".

"New Zealand is one of the most peaceful, peace-loving and generous nations in the world".

The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said: "he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack".

At least 48 people were wounded, some critically.

Bush said police had found two improvised explosive devices in one auto, a clarification from an earlier statement that there were devices in multiple vehicles.

The shooter reportedly said, "Subscribe to PewDiePie" during the attack. They gave no details about those taken into custody except to say that none had been on any watch list.

The two mosques are about five kilometres apart. An officer stopped him.

Ardern said the attacks appeared to be well planned.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the incident a terrorist attack in a Friday press conference, saying the suspects held "extremist views" that have no place in New Zealand or the world.

Dead, Dozens Injured After Attacks At New Zealand Mosques
Dead, Dozens Injured After Attacks At New Zealand Mosques

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand that he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere". Police believe one of the arrested may have had nothing to do with the incident and are working to understand what the involvement of the other two people may be.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the apprehended is an Australian-born citizen, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed her condolences in a statement.

Ardern said New Zealand was not a target because it is a safe harbour of those who hate, nor because New Zealand condones racism or is an enclave for racism. It's very grave, it's very serious.

Tarrant, in his rambling manifesto, deemed Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity".

However, what comes across as a freaky part of the frightful act was that in the Facebook live-stream of the shooting, one of the gunmen says: "Remember, lads, subscribe to PewDiePie". He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. Prayers go to the victims and their families.

In the video, the killer spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with gunfire. He then walks outside, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk.

"It's a big mosque and there were more than 200 people inside".

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his vehicle, where a song can be heard blasting. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives off before police even arrive.

The shootings took place at two separate mosques in the Canterbury region of the city.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed. "It must have been an automatic - no one could pull a trigger that quick", the man, who did not wish to be named, told AFP. He said he was not a member of any organisation, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

New Zealand is generally considered to be a welcoming country for migrants and refugees. Sometimes called the garden city, it has been rebuilding since an quake in 2011 killed 185 people and destroyed many downtown buildings.

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