Brenton Tarrant: Christchurch shootings suspect said Trump is 'symbol of white supremacy'

Brenton Tarrant: Christchurch shootings suspect said Trump is 'symbol of white supremacy'

Brenton Tarrant: Christchurch shootings suspect said Trump is 'symbol of white supremacy'

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Friday condemned the horrendous shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, declaring it as the darkest day.

Forty-nine people are dead and at least 50 more are seriously injured following an attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday, March 15.

Bush later stated that a number of improvised explosive devices, which had been attached to vehicles, had been defused after the shootings. Three men and one woman were in custody and one man had been charged with murder. The joint intelligence group has been deployed and police are putting all of their resources into this situation.

He said that key points in his radicalisation were the defeat of the French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in 2017 elections, and the death of 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund in the 2017 Stockholm truck attack.

"New Zealand Police alerted us to a video on Facebook shortly after the livestream commenced and we removed both the shooter's Facebook account and the video".

A gunman livestreamed the shootings on Facebook, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders".

The suspect has been charged with murder while three other people have been held in custody. "There will be highly visible policing around mosques today, as well as armed response officers, as Londoners go to pray".

At the same time, the Canterbury District Health Board said that at least 48 people, including little children, were being treated at the Christchurch Hospital.

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- She said the shootings appeared to have been a well-planned "terrorist attack".

The 74-page dossier by Brenton Tarrant, which has been described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as a "work of hate", praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose".

"Harrowing news from New Zealand overnight" said EU Council president Donald Tusk.

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons. According to a news report by CP24,"the gunman spends more than two minutes inside the mosque spraying terrified worshippers with bullets again and again, sometimes re-firing at people he has already cut down".

Queen Elizabeth II, who is New Zealand's head of state, said in a message to the country she was "deeply saddened by the appalling events in Christchurch" and sent condolences to families and friends of victims.

A spokesperson said the attack happened as some of the players got off a team bus and were about to enter the mosque.

Norwegian Prime Mininster Erna Solberg said the attack brought back memories of 2011 in her country when anti-Muslim extremist Anders Breivik killed 77 people: "It shows that extremism is nurtured and that it lives in many places". "We stand together against such acts of terrorism".

The video has yet to be confirmed by authorities as being posted by a shooter involved in the attack.

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