Fri Mar 15th, 2019 at 05:55:32 AM EST
[Update-1] Death toll now at 49 with many still in critical condition in hospitals. One person arrested and will be charged with murder. Two IEDs found on a single vehicle. There was no warning bij our security agencies. One person arrested was born in Australia.
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A sophisticated multiple terror attack was send out live-streaming via an Australian Facebook account ... up to 27 fatalities ... due to late arrival for Friday prayers, just saved the Bangladesh cricket team ... not a safe world we live in ...
Mushfiqur Rahim also tweeted about the attack and said the team was "extremely lucky" to be safe.
"Alhamdulillah Allah [saved] us today [during] shooting in Christchurch in the mosque... we are extremely lucky... never want to see this things happen again (sic)... pray for us," he said.
More below the fold ...
Multiple deaths in shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques | Dawn - Pakistan |
Multiple people were killed on Friday in mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".
The mosques -- Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch and the other one in suburban Linwood -- were packed with worshippers gathering for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.
Police urged people to stay indoors and not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand" as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved.
New Zealand police said four people, including one woman, were taken into custody in connection to shootings at the two mosques.
Multiple improvised explosive devices, that were found on vehicles after the shootings, were defused, police said.
Christchurch shooting: Several dead as gunman targets New Zealand mosques | The National - UAE |
At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people on Friday.
New Zealand media reported that between nine and 27 people were killed, but the death toll could not be confirmed. Police said multiple fatalities had occurred at two mosques, but it was unclear how many attackers were involved.
Three men and a woman are in custody, police said, adding that they had found and neutralised a number of IEDS (improvised explosive devices).
Police said they are not aware of other suspects beyond the four arrested, said they can't be certain.
Witnesses spoke of seeing bloodied bodies, with children also believed to be among the dead, and police warned of "extremely distressing footage" of the incident circulating on the internet.
The mosques were packed with worshippers gathering for Friday afternoon prayers, and members of the Bangladesh cricket team were arriving when the shooter opened fire.
○ New Zealand mosques: Several dead after shootings in Christchurch | BBC News |
○ Christchurch shooting: multiple fatalities after mass shooting at two mosques - live updates | The Guardian |
○ Live updates: Terror attack on New Zealand mosques, multiple fatalities reported | Gulf News |
[Update-2] Not an human being, a white beast claims responsibility for terror attack in Christchurch in a published manifesto. Thinking of Stockholm and white supremacy …
Gunman who opened fire on Christchurch mosque addresses attack in manifesto | News.com.au |
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed an individual taken into custody is an Australian-born citizen. He called him “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.
The header photo on Tarrant’s Twitter account shows a victim of the 2016 Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.
The famous photo by Reuters photographer Eric Gaillard came to symbolise the Bastille Day massacre when 84 people were killed by a truck plowing into holidaying crowds, Reuters says.
He described his reasons for the disgusting attack as to “show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people”.
Tarrant revealed he had been planning an attack for up to two years, noting he decided on Christchurch three months ago.
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