WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Forty-nine people were killed and more than 20 others seriously hurt after two New Zealand mosques were attacked during Friday prayer.
- Four people were taken into custody with one of them charged with murder — a 28-year-old Australian-born citizen who claimed responsibility for the attacks.
- The heavily-armed suspect allegedly broadcasted a live stream of the terror attack after posting a white nationalist manifesto just before the massacre.
Four people were arrested after two mosques in New Zealand were attacked by at least one gunman who opened fire on Muslim worshippers during Friday prayer. According to authorities, 49 people were killed and over 20 more were critically injured.
One of those who was arrested was a 28-year-old Australian-born citizen who claimed he was responsible for the massacre. The gunman broadcasted a live stream of the shooting on Facebook, causing the social media platform to panic and started deleting videos of the attacks that have been shared and posted by other users and some media.
The man, who was not immediately identified, allegedly posted a white nationalist manifesto right before the shooting spree. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described the shooter as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.”
Authorities are still working to determine if there are any other suspects who remained at large while New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush advised mosques all throughout the country to “close your doors until you hear from us again.”
After the shooting, the police found two improvised explosive devices in a vehicle. The police have not confirmed if the vehicle was the same one the 28-year-old shooter was seen driving in the live-streamed video of the attacks, reported Fox News.
Officials found 41 worshippers dead at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch and seven people were killed at the Linwood Masjid Mosque. One person died at a local hospital.
The 28-year-old suspect reportedly published a 74-page manifesto prior to the terror attack, writing that he traveled to New Zealand to train and commit the attack, according to Fox News.
Authorities and social media platforms were also scrambling to remove a horrific video that has been circulating online showing the Australian suspect entering a mosque and firing at worshippers at will. He fled when he heard emergency vehicles approaching in the background.
“There wasn’t even time to aim, there was so many targets,” the suspect said while he drives away.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the massacre represented “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
Source: Fox News