At least 49 killed in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques full of worshippers, white racist claims responsibility
|Toronto Star 15 Mar 2019 at 09:58|
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALANDâAt least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two assault rifles and a shotgun.
One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were arrested while police tried to determine what role they played.
An immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two assault rifles livestreamed to the world in graphic detail his assault on worshippers at Christchurchâs Al Noor Mosque, where at least 41 people were killed.Â Â (TESSA BURROWS / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
âIt is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,â Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.
She pronounced it âone of New Zealandâs darkest days.â
The cold-blooded attack shocked people across the nation of 5 million people, a country that has relatively loose gun laws but few gun homicides and is so peaceful police officers rarely carry firearms. It is also generally considered to be welcoming to migrants and refugees.
The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.