Brenton Tarrant Bio
The man, who identified himself as 28-year-old Australian-born Brenton Tarrant filmed the attack on social media. Dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle he started randomly shooting people in the Al Noor mosque shortly after 1.40pm local time (12.40am GMT).
Brenton Tarrant Video
Tarrant, who filmed himself attacking a Christchurch mosque in a Facebook Live video, posted a 74-page manifesto in which he claims to be from a “working class, low-income family”.
Brenton Tarrant Statement
He said he was of Scottish, Irish and English stock and moved to New Zealand temporarily to plan and train and then stayed there after deciding to conduct the attack.
“I have read the writings of Dylann Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,” he wrote.
New Zealand Plice Statement
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police had also defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the mosque shootings.
Suspect Brenton Tarrant Arrested
Mr Bush confirmed police now have four suspects in custody – three men and one woman. New Zealand’s Prime Minister said the suspects held extremist views, but had not been on any police watchlists.
Mr Bush warned it was not possible to assume that the attack was isolated to Christchurch, saying: “At this point in time we should never make assumptions.”
New Zealand had been placed on its highest security threat level.
A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for his actions. He said he considered it a terrorist attack.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.
“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand, they may even be refugees here,” Ardern said.
“They have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.”
“They should have been in a safe environment,” she said.
New Zealand Mosques Closed
Police have asked all mosques across the country to close their doors today, advising people to stay away from them.
Bangla Desh Cricket Team
The Bangladesh cricket team which were in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket on Saturday was arriving for prayers at the mosque when the shooting occurred but all members were reported safe.
“They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting has begun,” Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said.
Australian senator prompts anger by linking the attack to ‘fear of increasing Muslim presence’
Far right Australian Senator, Fraser Anning, has provoked anger by issuing a statement hours after the shootings saying they “highlight the growing fear within our community of the increasing Muslim presence.”
The independent representative from Queensland said: “I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman.
“However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.”
The comments have been branded “disgusting” on Twitter and prompted calls for Mr Anning to be banned from the platform.
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