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New Zealand Terrorist Attack: 49 Dead, 20 Injured

The city of Christchurch, New Zealand recorded massive tragedy on Friday, March 15 when at least 49 people were killed with 20 others gravely injured in the attack on Muslim faithful in two targeted mosques.
The attack, which took place during the Friday prayers, has been described by world leaders as a terrorist attack.
The hate-filled, cold-blooded attack, targeting two mosques was broadcast in horrifying, live video stream by a person described by international media as an immigrant-hating, white nationalist. The attacker was spotted in the video wielding at least two assault rifles and a shotgun.
Using what may have been a helmet camera, he live-streamed to the world in graphic detail, his assault on worshippers at Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque, where at least 41 people were killed. An attack on a second mosque, Linwood mosque, took place not long after and several more were killed.
According to initial reports, the apprehended suspects, who have been charged with murder and would be arraigned in a New Zealand court today, March 16, include a man in his late 20s. He was arrested alongside two other armed suspects whom police are still trying to determine their involvement in the brutal killings.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern has described the attack as an “unprecedented act of violence” and “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
She also said, “It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” while noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.
It is of note that the gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings left an 87-page manifesto that he posted on social media under the name Brenton Tarrant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.
The cold-blooded attack shocked people across the nation of 5 million people, a country that has relatively loose gun laws but few gun homicides.
The country is said to be currently in a state of high alert as police have warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, while Air New Zealand cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, saying it couldn’t properly screen customers and baggage.
Political and religious leaders have also condemned the attacks and offered condolences, including Theresa May, Donald Trump, and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan; who said such targeted attacks is the reason for the new wave of Islamophobia.
Victims in critical condition are being treated at Christchurch Hospital.
cc:Independent.ng

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