49 killed by attacks on mosques in New Zealand

Two terrorist attacks in mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and the suburb of Linwood killed 49 people on Friday. The police announced this at a press conference on Friday morning.


Two terrorist attacks in mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and the suburb of Linwood killed 49 people on Friday. The police announced this at a press conference on Friday morning.

The fire was opened in two mosques on the believers present. Four suspects were arrested. One of them, a man in his twenties, and must appear in court on Saturday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed at a press conference that they had extremist motives. However, they did not appear on police lists of people who have such ideas.

The shooter placed a dozens of page manifest online before he committed the attack. In it he gives his vision on various major current issues, including Islam.

At the beginning of the afternoon (local time) the shooter entered the mosque in Christchurch while believers were busy praying. Local media report that witnesses have seen multiple victims, including children, lying on the floor.

Live: New Zealand police hold press conference after attack

Residents must remain within the police

Armed officers were walking around in the center of Christchurch. Residents are called to stay in their homes. A local media photographer said there were three seriously injured on the steps of the mosque. An eyewitness says he has heard at least twenty shots.

The police have closed the affected areas. Mosques throughout the country have been asked to close their doors. Schools, hospitals and government buildings have also been kept shut for a long time.

The police are calling on people not to view the shocking images of the attack themselves and authorities are asking people not to share the images.

Large internet companies like YouTube and Facebook have systems to detect such videos, so that they cannot be shared again by others once they have been taken offline.

Police arrest four suspects

National police chief, Commissioner Mike Bush, said that four suspects have been arrested; three men and a woman. One of them has the Australian nationality. He could not yet make any official announcements about the cause of the shootings.

Bush did, however, state that in addition to the arrests made, some explosives have been made harmless. The improvised bombs were attached to a few vehicles that were near the mosques.

Images appear to have been made on the internet by the perpetrator, showing how he enters the building and starts shooting around him. The police are calling on people not to view the shocking images.

The national cricket team from Bangladesh, which would play a match in and against New Zealand on Saturday, was present at the mosque in Christchurch on Friday. According to a team spokesperson, all players are unharmed and safe. The competition has been canceled.

Special units monitor the environment of the mosque. (Photo: ANP)

Prime Minister New Zealand condemns attack

Prime Minister Ardern spoke of "one of the blackest days in the history of New Zealand".

"What happened here is clearly an unparalleled act of violence," said Ardern. Several members of parliament also expressed their horror at the shootings.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte has conveyed his condolences to New Zealand via Twitter. He says he is shocked by the attacks.

ref: nunl

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