Gunman In New Zealand Attacked Worshippers In Mosques – Live Video

A gunman in New Zealand attacked worshippers in two mosques, killing 49 people and injuring 42 others on Friday, in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a “terrorist attack”.

A 28-year-old Australian suspect, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch district court on Saturday at 11:00 am local time.

Tarrant has been charged with murder and was remanded without plea. He will return to court on April 5.

New Zealand Police wrote on Twitter: “While the man is currently facing only one charge, further charges will be laid.” Two others are currently in custody.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said in a press statement: “41 people were killed at the Deans Avenue mosque, and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque. One has since died in hospital.”

New Zealand started to bury the dead on Saturday.

Two of those injured are a critical condition, which includes a four-year-old child, Bush added.

The attacker live streamed footage of the attack on one of the mosques on Facebook and a “manifesto” was also posted online, denouncing immigrants and calling them “invaders”.

The footage, which lasted over 16 minutes, was posted on a page belonging to Brenton Tarrant but was quickly deleted by Facebook.

It appeared to have been filmed with a head camera and shows a man in combat gear driving to the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch. After parking his vehicle, he picks up one of a number of rifles inside and walks to the mosque and starts shooting as he approaches the door.

The gunman’s video also showed red petrol canisters in the back of his car, along with weapons.

Police said they were working to have the footage removed from the internet.

Facebook said they had removed profiles linked to sharing footage of the incident and were deleting any messages of support for the attacks.

A Twitter representative said the social media company was “deeply saddened” by the shootings.

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“Twitter has rigorous processes and a dedicated team in place for managing exigent and emergency situations such as this,” the company said in an emailed statement. “We also cooperate with law enforcement to facilitate their investigations as required.”

Suspect charged with murder

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that an Australian citizen with far-right extremist views was among those taken into custody.

The Australian man is believed to have published an online manifesto, shortly before the video was streamed. The document was linked to from three social media accounts belonging to Brenton Tarrant, according to Storyful.

The writer of the manifesto said he is 28 and Australian. The document, stretching to more than 16,000 words, rails against immigration and cites a list of events from various periods of history which inspired his self-acknowledged terrorist attack.

He also said that he decided to commit the murders following a trip to Europe in 2017 when he saw Emmanuel Macron triumph over his far-right opponent Marine Le Pen in the French presidential elections and saw people he believed were immigrants living in France.

He denied acting on behalf of a group.


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