One person has been charged in connection with a “well-planned” terrorist attack that killed 49 people and injured dozens more in two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, authorities said.
The New Zealand police said four people—three men and one woman—were in custody in connection with the attack. Investigators later defused a number of improvised explosive devices that were found inside vehicles. Prime Minister Jacinda Arden described the suspects as one principal, two associates and one person not directly connected to the attacks. She said the suspects were not on any security watch lists.—More…
At least 49 people are killed and 48 injured in multiple Christchurch mosque massacres involving an Australian terrorist, 28, who live-streamed himself opening fire on worshippers - as a man in his 20s is charged with murder
• Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his semi-automatic shotgun at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch
• The gunman live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened about 1.30pm
ª A second mosque, Masjid in Linwood, also in the city of Christchurch, was reportedly concurrently attacked
ª Witnesses have said they saw ‘blood everywhere’ and multiple people were reportedly killed in the massacre
ª One of the gunman live-streamed the mass shooting inside the mosque firing at dozens as they tried to flee
ª Four people - who were not known to counter-terror authorities - were taken into custody for questioning
A white Australian right-wing terrorist who livestreamed his sickening shooting spree on facebook is one of four people arrested over dual mosque attacks which left 49 dead and 48 injured on New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’.
The gunman, who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant from Grafton in New South Wales, stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island about 1.30pm, opening fire with a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle on hundreds of defenceless worshippers attending Friday prayers.—More…