At least 49 people were reportedly killed and 20 seriously wounded in the slaughter at two Christchurch mosques on Friday. Three men and a woman ha
At least 49 people were reportedly killed and 20 seriously wounded in the slaughter at two Christchurch mosques on Friday. Three men and a woman have been arrested, with one man charged as police warned more suspects could be at large. A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed.
Tarrant, 28, allegedly live-streamed the carnage on Facebook during the attack on worshippers at Friday afternoon prayers at the Al Noor mosque, which left 41 people dead.
Another seven people were massacred at the Linwood Masjid Mosque with another victim dying in hospital.
In his chilling ‘The Great Replacement’ document, Tarrant said he was influenced by far-right Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, who murdered 77 people in 2011.
He claimed to be “just a ordinary White man, 28 years old. Born in Australia in a working class, low income family.
“My parents are of Scottish, Irish and English stock. I had a regular childhood, without any great issues”.
In the manifesto, which Express.co.uk has chosen not to quote, the suspect said his views on Islam changed after the Stockholm terror attack in April 2017, where a young girl was among the victims.
Laying out his chilling ideology, the suspected far-right terrorist claimed he allegedly carried out the bloodbath as revenge for an Islamist terrorist attack in Sweden that killed a young girl and others.
He said he planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but switched to the Al Noor and Masjid Mosques as they had “far more invaders”.
Following the attacks, he planned to travel to another mosque south of Christchurch and continue the slaughter.
Following Friday’s slaughter, New Zealand police defused “a number of IEDs”.
One survivor told TV New Zealand he was at the Al Noor mosque and saw a gunman shoot a man in the chest.
The witness said: ”What I did was basically just waiting and praying, God please, let this guy run out of bullets.
“He came to this side, he shot this side, he went to another room and went to the ladies’ section and shot them. I just heard one of the ladies has died.”
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.
He described the suspected attacker as an “extremist right-wing violent terrorist”.