New Zealand terror gunman: First photo of suspect Brenton Tarrant as 49 killed

New Zealand terror gunman: First photo of suspect Brenton Tarrant as 49 killed

The Australian live-streamed the slaughter on Facboook and identifed himself on Twitter after executing Muslims, including children, during Friday

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The Australian live-streamed the slaughter on Facboook and identifed himself on Twitter after executing Muslims, including children, during Friday prayers at a Christchurch mosque. Tarrant, 28, and another gunman targeted two mosques during the bloodbath with twenty people injured. Three men and a woman have been arrested.

During the slaughter, at least 40 people died at the Masjid Al Noor Mosque and a further seven were killed at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Another victim died after being rushed to hospital.

Far-right extremist Tarrant published a chilling 73-page manifesto before carrying out the massacre.

The white supremacist revealed he was inspired by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.

Tarrant used GoPro footage to broadcast the shooting to the world.

He let off volleys from automatic weapons to spray the mosque, scrawling the names of other mass murderers on the deadly firearms.

In his chilling The Great Replacement’ document, the assassin laid bare his deranged ideology, claiming he was influenced by far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in 2011.

The twisted shooted claimed to be “just a ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia in a working class, low income family.

Tarrant said: “My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues”.

Laying out his chilling ideology, the far-right terrorist claimed he carried out the bloodbath as revenge for an Islamist terrorist attack in Sweden that killed a young girl and others.

A number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the shootings were defused by police.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the mosque massacres were one of the country’s “darkest days”.

Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen, and described the suspected attacker as an “extremist right-wing violent terrorist”.

Ms Ardern said the offender was in custody, adding: “So I can give that assurance, he has been apprehended. He is also accompanied by two other associates.”

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team, currently on tour in New Zealand, were also caught up in the tragedy at one of the targeted mosques.

This is a breaking story. More to follow.

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