New Zealand mosque terror attack: Attacker livestreamed shooting for 17 mins, issued manifesto
New Zealand: The horrific attack on mosques at a Christchurch mosque was livestreamed for 17 minutes by the gunman.
The shooter identified himself as “Brenton Tarrant” – a white, 28-year-old Australian-born man. Twitter has shut down a user account in that name.
The www.nzherald.co.nz reported that the gunman published an online link to a lengthy “manifesto”, which the Herald has chosen not to report.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said he was aware that footage of the shooting was on social media and police were doing everything they could to get it removed.
“It shouldn’t be in the public domain.”
Gunmen have opened fire at mosques in Christchurch, with reports of between nine and 27 people killed. Four people are in custody – three men and one woman.
The Police Commissioner Mike Bush said “there have been some absolute acts of bravery” in the arrests of the four attackers.
A number of IEDs that were attached to vehicles in Christchurch have been defused by the Defence Force.
Bush said there were multiple casualties – a “significant” amount.
“This is absolutely tragic. So many people are affected.
“We don’t have the identities of those who have died yet because those places are in lockdown.”
He said he would not assume there aren’t other attackers.
The lock down of schools throughout Christchurch was lifted at 5.50pm.
Australian media have reported that New South Wales counter-terrorism police were carrying out out activities in the Coffs Harbour area of New South Wales.
It was not known whether “Tarrant” was from Coffs Harbour but he was certainly from NSW, Nine News Sydney reported.
It’s believed the man may have family in Grafton, northeast of Coffs Harbour.
The livestream began as the gunman drove to the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave, parking his car in a nearby driveway.
The beige station wagon contains a cache of weapons and ammunition in the front passenger seat and boot, along with petrol canisters.
He then armed himself and walked into the mosque, with the first victim shot in the doorway.
The gunman was armed with at least one semi-automatic firearm and multiple ammunition clips. Messages in white writing were scrawled on the gun and ammunition.
Once inside he began shooting indiscriminately.
The gunman stalked the mosque rooms firing repeatedly, stopping several times to re-load.
He then exited the mosque through the front door – after just under three minutes inside and headed into the street – firing random shots as cars drove past.
He returned to a beige Subaru station wagon parked in a nearby driveway to get more ammunition from the boot.
He fired more shots on the street at no apparent target and said: “Looks like we won’t get the bird today boys”.
He then re-entered the mosque to check for survivors – and began firing again.
As he left the mosque the second time he repeatedly shot a woman in the street.
He gets in his car and drives away. One vehicle that nearly pulled into his path was fired at several times with a shotgun.
The 17-minute video ends as the gunman drives away at speed.
(The story has been taken from https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12213076)