Publicado: Sol, Marcha 17, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know so far

New Zealand mosque attacks: What we know so far

In New Zealand, a gunman killed 49 persons and injured 20 in attacks at two mosques killing 49 people and seriously injuring 20 others in the Christchurch city.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant appeared in court Saturday morning amid strict security and showed no emotion when the judge read him one murder charge.

In addition, police are aware of a video shared online, and broadcast live during the attack, that purports to show a gunman walking into an unnamed mosque and opening fire.

The suspect has been named as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian.

"These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world", she said. Police believe one of the arrested may have had nothing to do with the incident and are working to understand what the involvement of the other two people may be. "Two explosive devices attached to suspects' vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed", Ardern said in a televised address.

He added: " Out of respect and in condolence for all those killed in the terrorist attack in New Zealand, I have asked for flags to be flown at half-mast".

She pronounced it "one of New Zealand's darkest days". In a statement he said: "Our hearts go out to the people of New Zealand following the news of this bad act in Christchurch".

One eye witness said that the gunman entered from the main entrance of the building and began shooting.

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He describes himself as "a private and mostly introverted person" and admits he is racist, adding that he is an "Eco-fascist by nature". The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that one of the people detained was an Australian-born citizen.

Scotland's First Minister took to twitter to show solidarity with New Zealand's muslim community after the mass shootings in Christchurch. "At that moment, I realised it was really serious", the man said.

Another man said he saw children being shot.

"I was thinking that he must run out bullets you know, so what I did was basically waiting and praying to God, oh God please let this guy run out of bullets", he said.

In 2010 and 2011 the city suffered a series of devastating earthquakes, with the most destructive at 6.3 magnitude, which killed almost 200 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.

New Zealand, with a population of 5 million, has relatively loose gun laws and an estimated 1.5 million firearms, or roughly one for every three people.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said. This is a place where people should feel secure and will feel secure.

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