Who Is Brenton Tarrant? Facts About The New Zealand Mosque Shooter Suspect

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, after meeting families of Christchurch terror attacks' victims, says the country stands united and grief and that their gun laws will change in the aftermath of the attack on Christchurch mosques.

Full details of the weapons used in the attack have not been released publicly but Ardern confirmed that two semi-automatic rifles were involved.

Most of the dead were killed at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue, before gunfire broke out at Linwood Masjid six kilometres away.

People have also been laying flowers outside of mosques in other parts of New Zealand in solidarity with the victims and their famlies.

All of the guns Tarrant used during the attack were purchased legally, according to gun laws and restrictions in New Zealand.

"The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call", she said.

"The street that I work on was covered in SWAT cars, they were flying past every minute, and loads of police cars going back and forth, so that must have been when they found out that there were attacks in at least two places, the first mosque and the second mosque".

The suspect allegedly live-streamed the killings on Facebook, where graphic footage shows countless people being shot at close range.

-AP New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, speaks to the chair of Canterbury Refugee Centre Ahmed Tani, Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

People from all walks of life arrived at the police barriers near the mosques on Saturday to pay their respects and to show support for New Zealand's 50,000 Muslims, who make up about one percent of the population.


Despite mentioning Roof, it was Breivik, who her referred to as "Knight Justiciar Breivik", as a person he "took true inspiration from", wrote Tarrant.

The suspected gunman livestreamed video of the attack and posted a lengthy manifesto online under the name of Brenton Tarrant.

Ali also called Trump "a racist", as other critics have based on the president's comment that both sides were to blame in a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Flanked by two police officers, he smirked when media persons photographed him during the hearing and was seen making the white power gesture.

"They were rural community cops, I understand, from Lincoln", Ardern said in a press conference this afternoon.

She further said that this act of terror was "not New Zealand". At least one Palestinian died, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand said in a statement.

He will be in custody until April 5, according to the High Court in Christchurch.

They have lived in New Zealand for the past 15 years.

Khokhur and husband Mehaboobbhai Khokhur had travelled from India to spend time with Imran, who dropped off his father at the Al Noor mosque on Friday and was looking for a parking space when the shooting began.

Officials said that he had no criminal history in New Zealand or Australia and, as with the other two peolpe detained in connection with the attack, had not drawn the attention of the intelligence community for extremist views.


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