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New Zealand mosque shootings: What we know about the suspects

New Zealand mosque shootings: What we know about the suspects
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The writer of the document describes himself as 28 years old, born in Australia to a “working-class, low-income family,” and said he had a “regular childhood.” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of those arrested was an Australian-born citizen.

The alleged gunman claimed to be following the example of notorious right-wing extremists, including Dylann Roof, who murdered nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., in 2015, and Anders Breivik, a Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people.

Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

One of Australia’s public broadcasters reported that the man worked as a personal trainer at a gym in the city of Grafton after finishing school in 2009 until 2011, when he left to travel overseas.

Ammunition is seen in this undated photo posted on Twitter on March 12, 2019, by the apparent gunman who attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Twitter via Reuters

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Road and that seven more were fatally shot at another mosque in Linwood, a suburb of Christchurch. One person died in hospital.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

“Whilst I cannot give any confirmation at this stage around fatalities and casualties, what I can say is that it is clear that this is one of New Zealand’s darkest days,” Ardern said. “Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

Two homes were also evacuated around a “location of interest,” in Dunedin, about 220 miles to the south of Christchurch.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a brief statement on Twitter condemning the fatal shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

Attacking people during prayers is absolutely appalling, and Canada strongly condemns today’s shootings in New Zealand. Our thoughts and hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we join New Zealanders and Muslim communities around the world in grieving.
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