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New Zealand shooter covered weapons with names of Canada’s Alexandre Bissonnette, other killers

New Zealand shooter covered weapons with names of Canada’s Alexandre Bissonnette, other killers
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The names appear to have been written in white paint on the guns used in the attack, which occurred at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. Both weapons are shown in a bodycam video recorded by the alleged shooter and posted online. It has since been removed.

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Several photos the shooter is believed to have posted on Twitter earlier this week show various ammunition cartridges, a rifle and a bulletproof vest decorated in the same white writing. The photos were shared on an account that appeared to belong to the gunman, Reuters reported. Twitter has suspended the account.

The bodycam footage makes it difficult to read the names on the weapons, but the Twitter photos are clear. The equipment is scrawled with the names of several white people who have attacked Muslims, either in recent terror incidents or during the Crusades and other wars against the Ottoman Empire. The suspected gunman’s gear also features several neo-Nazi references, and the names and dates of centuries-old battles in which many Muslims were killed. A handful of other inscriptions refer to more recent incidents involving Muslims.

“For Rotherham, Alexandre Bissonette (sic), Luca Traini,” one cartridge reads.

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

“Rotherham” appears to refer to a child sex abuse ring that was unearthed in Rotherham, Britain , in 2015. A Pakistani gang was found to have sexually exploited at least 1,400 children between 1997 and 2013 in the small British town.

Bissonnette murdered six worshippers and injured 19 others at a mosque in Quebec City in January 2017. He was sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 40 years, although his lawyers are hoping to shorten that sentence with an appeal.

Luca Traini is an Italian neo-Nazi sympathizer who wounded six African migrants in a racially-motivated series of drive-by shootings in Macerata, Italy, on Feb. 3, 2017. Authorities reportedly seized several pieces of Nazi propaganda from his home after his arrest, including a copy of Adolf Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf. Traini was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the attack.

The Cyrillic text refers to a 1770 victory by a small Russian army over a much larger Turkish one. Other Cyrillic inscriptions on the gunman’s gear refer to four Serbs who fought against the Ottoman Empire’s occupation of the Balkans.

Sebastiano Venier was a Venetian admiral who won a naval battle against the Ottoman empire in 1571. His name appears at least twice on the suspect’s equipment.

A bulletproof vest and protection gear 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

Another photo shows a bulletproof vest decorated with a black sun, or sonnerad. The symbol dates back to the Nordic Vikings of ancient Europe, but it was later appropriated by the Nazis and has since become a symbol of white supremacy, according to the Anti-Defamation League . Neo-Nazis have adopted many Nordic symbols and runes attributed to the ancient Vikings.

The photo also shows dog tags decorated with the Celtic cross, which has been adopted by the white supremacy movement, and another version of the sonnerad.

This photo was posted on the Twitter account of the suspected gunman in a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Twitter

The suspect’s equipment is also marked with multiple references to “14” or “14 words,” a shorthand for a white supremacist slogan from Hitler’s Mein Kampf. The slogan calls for securing a future “for white children.”

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

Josue Estebanez is currently serving a 26-year prison sentence in Spain after fatally stabbing a 16-year-old anti-fascist protester in Madrid in 2007. Estebanez was a former soldier.
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