video leaked New Zealand mosque shootings terror attack
At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two New Zealand mosques in the country’s most severe ever mass taking pictures, which Primary Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.
A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the town of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video gaming, after posting a “manifesto” where he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders”.
New Zealand was positioned on its highest security threat level, Ardern said, adding that four people taken into guardianship kept extremist views but was not on any police watchlists.
“It really is clear that is now able to only certainly be a terrorist assault,” Ardern said, call this “one of New Zealand’s darkest times”.
Law enforcement said later 3 individuals were in guardianship and one man in his past due 20s have been charged with murder. He’ll come in courtroom on Sunday.
The going to Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers at one of the mosques when the firing started but all users were safe, a team trainer told Reuters.
Law enforcement Commissioner Mike Bush said 49 people have been killed altogether.
The video widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him traveling to 1 mosque, entering it and inside capturing randomly at people.
Worshippers, dead or wounded possibly, lay huddled on to the floor, the video demonstrated. Reuters was struggling to confirm the authenticity of the video footage.
One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and sporting a helmet and a bulletproof vest. The person burst in to the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
“He had a large gun … he arrived and began filming everyone in the mosque, almost everywhere,” said the person, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud. He said he as well as others escaped by breaking through a cup door.
Forty-one individuals were killed at the Al Noor mosque, seven at a mosque in the Linwood neighborhood and one died in medical center, police said. Hospitals said children were among the victims.
Before the attack began shortly, an anonymous post on the discussion site 8chan, known for an array of content including hate speech, said the writer would “perform an attack against the invaders” and included links to a Facebook live stream, where the shooting appeared, and a manifesto.