Christchurch mosque shootings

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Christchurch mosque shootings
Canterbury Mosque 12 June 2006.jpg
Al Noor Mosque, June 2006
Location of Al Noor Mosque (left) and Linwood Islamic Centre (right)
LocationChristchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Coordinates43°31′58″S 172°36′42″E / 43.5329°S 172.6118°E / -43.5329; 172.6118Coordinates: 43°31′58″S 172°36′42″E / 43.5329°S 172.6118°E / -43.5329; 172.6118
Date15 March 2019
13:40 (NZDT; UTC+13)
TargetMuslims
Attack type
Mass shooting, terrorist attack[1]
WeaponsTwo semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns, one bolt-action rifle, undetonated car bombs
Deaths50
  • 42 at Al Noor Mosque
  • 7 at Linwood Islamic Centre
  • 1 later at Christchurch Hospital
Non-fatal injuries
50
Suspected perpetrator
Brenton Tarrant
Motive

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two terrorist mass shootings. They happened on 15 March 2019 at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand during Friday prayers.[6] At least 50 people were killed and 50 others injured in the shootings. It has been described as a terrorist attack by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.[7][8][9]

Police have also confirmed that they had found multiple car bombs, which were successfully disarmed. This was the first mass shooting in New Zealand since the 1997 Raurimu massacre.[10][11][12]

Australian Brenton Tarrant was arrested and charged with murder.[13] The suspect live streamed one of the attacks on Facebook Live.[14]

Attacks[change | change source]

Al Noor Mosque, Riccarton[change | change source]

A man with a gun began to shoot worshippers on Deans Avenue, Riccarton, at around 13:40. Media said he was a 28-year-old Australian white supremacist[15][16][5][17][18][1][6] who used neo-Nazi symbols.[17][18] Between 300 and 500 people could have been in the mosque during Friday prayers when the shooting happened.[19] Someone who lived nearby said the shooter ran from the mosque and dropped a gun.[20] They also said that the man was wearing military-style clothes.

The gunman live streamed the first 17 minutes of the attack on Facebook live. The stream showed the whole attack on the Al Noor Mosque, and finished as he was driving to the Linwood Islamic Centre.[21] The first victim of the shooting could be heard greeting the shooter on the stream by saying "Hello, brother", who was killed straight after.[22][23][24] The shooter was at the mosque for six minutes before driving away. Police were told about the attack at 1:53 p.m.[25]

Linwood Islamic Centre[change | change source]

A second attack happened at around 1:55 p.m.[26] at the Linwood Islamic Centre.[27][28] It is a mosque 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away from the Al Noor Mosque.[22] Seven people were killed there.

The mosque's imam said that a person called Abdul Aziz stopped the attack before the gunman could get into the building. He grabbed a credit card machine and threw it at the attacker. The attacker then shot at Aziz, who picked up an empty shotgun on the floor and threw it through the window of the attacker's car. The attacker then drove away.[29][30][31]

Explosive devices[change | change source]

The police found two improvised explosive devices in a car. They were defused by the New Zealand Defence Force and did not explode.[32]

References[change | change source]

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