At around 1.40 p.m. local time, armed gunmen identified as 28-year-old Australian named Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, killing dozens of people.
Police quickly locked down the city in response, including schools and government buildings. Within hours, police said four people were taken into custody — three men and one woman.
In a social media post just before the terror attack, an account that is believed to belong to Brenton Tarrant posted a link to a manifesto (See below) that was filled with anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim ideas and his explanations for the attack.
According to Police, bombs were found attached to the attackers’ cars. They have since been disarmed by New Zealand’s armed forces.
Tarrant live-streamed the horrific attack on social media. The graphic video has since been removed and police are requesting that people refrain from sharing it around.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attack appeared to be well planned and said the country had been chosen for its strong multicultural values.
“We were chosen (because) we represent diversity, kindness compassion, a home for those who share our values, refuge for those who need it and those values, I can assure you, will not and cannot be shaken by this attack,” she said.
Ardern said while the attackers may have chosen New Zealand, but “we utterly condemn and reject you.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed 49 people have been killed and at least 20 others injured in Friday’s mosque attacks in Christchurch.
US President Donald Trump tweeted in response to the attack.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Queen Elizabeth, New Zealand’s monarch and the head of the Commonwealth, has released a message to the people of the country.
“I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch today. Prince Philip and I send our condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives.
I also pay tribute to the emergency services and volunteers who are providing support to those who have been injured.
At this tragic time, my thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.
Speaking to media, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison condemned the attack:
“We stand here and condemn absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” he said.
“I particularly want to express my sincere prayers and thoughts for those New Zealanders, indeed Australians of Islamic faith today, who have been the subject of this callous right-wing extremist attack,” he said.
“As the son of a police officer, I can only respond with heartfelt sympathies for the families and for those who have been injured.”
What does Brenton Tarrant’s full manifesto say?
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With that said, the Brenton Tarrant Manifesto contains overtones that some may find distressing. Read Brenton Tarrant’s full manifesto at your own risk.
Here you can read Brenton Tarrant full manifesto.
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