PM Jacinda Ardern called the terrorist attack “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
At least 49 people are dead and 48 wounded after a horrific terror attack on two New Zealand mosques.
Police have arrested one man, while detaining two other suspects who were armed.
New Zealand has raised their terror threat level from low to high.
Police say the man arrested and charged with the killings left a manifesto, in which he expressed anti-immigrant sentiment and described himself as a 28-year-old white Australian racist.
While authorities have not named the suspect, he has been named online as Brenton Tarrant.
Horrifically, the killer appears to have livestreamed his terror attack. I will not share that footage.
At one point, the terrorist reportedly entered the woman’s prayer room and fired on worshipers.
The Associated Press has described some details of the terror attack:
“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.
He then walks outside to the street, where he shoots at people on the sidewalk. Children’s screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his car to get another rifle.
The gunman then walks back into the mosque, where there are at least two dozen people lying on the ground. After walking back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his car, where the song “Fire” by English rock band “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” can be heard blasting from the speakers. The singer bellows, “I am the god of hellfire!” and the gunman drives away. The video then cuts out.”
This was an act of pure evil. Innocent people should never be targeted, and all decent people are united in condemning such horrific acts of violence.
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