Christchurch terror attack: Accused Australian gunman to face more charges

Angelo Anderson
March 16, 2019

Tarrant, who is yet to be named by police, identified himself online as behind the shooting that began as hundreds of worshippers gathered for prayers in the South Island city on Friday.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued two statements on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand on Friday - the second after being criticized for not mentioning in the first that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers.

The chief suspect live-streamed the assault on Facebook from a head-mounted camera, and the footage showed how victims were killed inside one of the mosques. Genuis initially rejected calls to follow suit, calling it a talk on human rights, and accused Sgro on social media of retreating only after she remembered this is an election year.

The manifesto is full of conspiracy theories about matters such as "white genocide", the most recent indication that the white nationalist movement and ideology has expanded globally.

New Zealand Cricket said they had made a decision to cancel the test, which was scheduled to start at Hagley Oval on Saturday, after discussions with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

The document was posted on Twitter and 8chan, a website known for extremist right-wing discourse.

Forty-two people are still being treated in hospital for injuries, including a four-year-old child, New Zealand health authorities said. Dozens of others were wounded.

Commissioner Bush said part of the investigation will be "to look back at every possibility to ensure that we, in law enforcement and security, didn't miss any opportunities to prevent this horrendous event".

Many of you will have seen that Air New Zealand has cancelled all turboprop flights out of Christchurch tonight and will review the situation in the morning.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

The attack, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern labeled as terrorism, was the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand and the country raised its security threat level to the highest.

Ms Ardern praised the police officers and emergency services involved in locking down Christchurch schools and offices, swiftly arresting the suspect, treating victims, and the defence specialists for defusing improvised explosive devices.

The video footage showed a man driving to the mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

Ardern said "Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here".

The New Zealand prime minister went on to say she had instructed the government bodies to 'report to Cabinet on Monday on these events with a view to strengthening our systems on a range of fronts including, but not limited to, firearms, border controls, enhanced information-sharing with Australia, and any practice reinforcement of our watch list processes'.

The Bangladesh cricket team was at one of the mosques when the shooting started, but the players were able to escape.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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