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49 Killed in Terrorist Attack on New Zealand Mosques

by Axios | 3.15.19

New Zealand police said Friday a man in his late 20s had been charged with murder after 49 people were killed and 48 others injured in shooting attacks at 2 mosques in the city of Christchurch.

It's the worst terrorist attack in the region. Many Kiwis are reeling from the news that such a tragedy could unfold in their backyard, a quiet country of fewer than 5 million people.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said people with such extremist views have "absolutely no place in New Zealand."

"It is clear that it can only be described as a terrorist attack."

— New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

The details: Police said they had taken three men and one woman into custody following the attack, which happened just before 2 p.m. local time (Thursday night Eastern) in the most populous city on New Zealand's South Island.

  • Police Commissioner Mike Bush said some of the improvised explosive devices officers had found were attached to the vehicles of some of those arrested and they had since been made safe.
  • The regional district health board said 48 patients were being treated for gunshot wounds at Christchurch Hospital — 12 were in operating theaters and "additional patients with gunshot wounds presented to other health facilities."
  • Bush said 41 people were killed at Deans Avenue Mosque and seven had died at Linwood Avenue Mosque. Bush said police recovered a lot of firearms from both mosques.
  • Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the "violent, extremist, right-wing terrorist attack,” and said one of those arrested was an Australian man.
  • An Australian who appeared to have live-streamed the shootings had earlier published an anti-immigrant manifesto online.
  • Police declined to identify the man charged with murder, but he was due to appear in a Christchurch court Saturday morning NZ time.
  • Ardern said the shootings marked "one of New Zealand's darkest days." "These [suspects] are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world," she said.

Dave Lawler, Rebecca Falconer

Photo: TV NEW ZEALAND/AFP/Getty Images

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  • Dave
    03/15/2019
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    New Zealand police said Friday a man in his late 20s from Australia, white supremacy / white nationalist and a trump supporters, but not as a leader, from Australia, had been charged with murder after 49 people were killed and 48 others injured mostly children in two Muslim Mosgue! When are they going to put neo-Nazi, white supremacy, KKK, white nationalist on the terrorist list? They are no different then ISIS and are the same as ISIS !!!!!! Gun don’t kill people, wacko people kill people! New Zealand has is easier gun laws, then Australia. The wacko need to be call out for what they are, white Terrorists! A white supremacy senate gets hit with an egg because he supported racist views, course the 6’ senator punches the teenager twice in the face for the egg! The republicans just make excuses for this president because the are all racists. Muvaney , Trump administration, is a white nationalist / white supremacy.

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  • Glowurm
    03/15/2019
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    OMG, Chuck! That is one of the grossest, most stupid, hateful comments I have ever heard. You are a disgusting, human being to even think that! Right on, Dave! Let’s call a spade a spade! We have more to fear from White Supremacists/Nationals, neo-Nazis, etc., than any foreign-terrorist group! Our racist, hate-mongering, orange man is responsible for this! Those that deny it, are complicit...

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  • Cindy
    03/15/2019
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    Totally evil act from a complete crazy lunatic but How did they get the guns with New Zealand’s strict gun laws? Proves once again a CRIMINAL is NOT going to follow the LAW or be afraid of law enforcement! The police give permit to citizens that have had an extensive “background checks”.

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  • Surender
    03/15/2019
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    No surprise given the naked rhetoric from right leaning politicians & heads empowering nationalists to act out. Moron’s dog whistle yesterday eluding to military/police/bikers being sympathetic to his ideology who will act tough if he is cornered! Take note gop, evangelicals, maga morons. Dear leader is the originator of this empowerment world wide!

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  • D
    03/15/2019
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    Already MSM jumping to their narrative of Conservative POTUS supporters causes this. Massive falsified conservative discrimination being broadcast on MSM:social media. Soros/Media Matters represents racism at the highest level.

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  • Matthew
    03/15/2019
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    To my Muslim friends and families, As-Salamu Alaykum. White terrorist groups are on the rise and been growing more emboldened by the current third reich administration and their dear leader, the Racist in Chief. This administration took the white terrorist groups off the terrorism watch list, so that goes to show you everything you need to know about this administration. We the people need to let this administration know that no matter how they whitewash history, defend or marginalize racist acts (violent or verbal), or make laws to attack minorities or immigrants THAT THEY ARE NOT AMERICA!!!! WE ARE!!!! And Mueller is coming . . .

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  • Constance
    03/15/2019
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    While just last month 40 Christians were killed in Nigeria by Muslims but where was the media? Maybe the Nigerian slaughter of Christians has become so routine that it is no longer news. Or maybe the media tries to manipulate opinion by selective reporting.

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  • Ken
    03/15/2019
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    Bad always looks stronger than good. Please don’t buy into this hate rhetoric that is being pushed by this nut job that occupies the White House. I am very saddened that so many people have bought into this evil design.

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  • Pete
    03/15/2019
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    Good Morning! What a terrible story to wake up to. Since I live in Kansas? How can I make a countable statement? 2 Kansas folks blew up a building in Oklahoma. A Few Kansas Folks were deep into planing a massacre of Somalia folks. Go to about any old man coffee group and there will be at least one stupid vocal hater of humans. I sat with a women’s coffee group the other day and even their group had the hater of humans position filled. Should I be turning these haters in? If I did I would no longer be welcome in my town. Hmm? Would that be bad? In ending the haters are easy to find, if you have any desire to find them... they will be the ones talking trash and making threats.

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  • verymary
    03/15/2019
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    Hatred and insanity are two of the three weapons that this monster used to massacre or severely injure almost a hundred people. That he invited the world to watch as he savagely ended so many innocent lives is a testament to the depravity of our times.

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  • Azrael
    03/15/2019
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    The doj under sessions took white supremists groups off the watch lists Time to put them back on the list as domestic terrorist Call it What it is, terrorism This sick, evil, disgusting behavior must end The end begins with each one of us Already Limbaugh is calling this terrorist act a false flag-Let’s start by keeping this type of behavior off our airwaves The first amendment ends when someone yells fire in a crowded theatre when there is none

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  • Thelma
    03/15/2019
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    We must stop the hate. More Americans die from American white supremacists than foreign terrorism. Stop the hate at home, please.

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  • John
    03/15/2019
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    My heart is broken.

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  • Sandra
    03/16/2019
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    Actually, my heart BREAKS (not brakes) for these people...(I'll learn how to spell one of these days.)

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  • Merry
    03/16/2019
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    As Donald Trump threats every America today with violence if he doesn’t get his way!!! Instead of a voice of compassion calm & reason and or healing to those who this horrible tragedy happened!!! He preaches hatred around the world as you our Elected Officials sit by am do nothing!!! He holds us hostages to his tantrums!!! We are Americans not Donald Trumps or your slaves!!! The is not a King!!! American Horror Stories Reality Series continues every second!!!

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  • Dana
    03/16/2019
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    Horrific. Unbelievable. Also horrified and in disbelief of many of the responses to this EVIL SICK ATTACK ON INNOCENT PEOPLE! Blaming the victims? It terrifies me that soo many are driven by fear and ignorance. Anyone who bothers to familiarize themselves with the Koran will see that it is a beautiful and peaceful religion. With 2 billion Muslims in the world obviously the majority of them are peaceful and caring. This was an act of terrorism. By white “Christians”. We have an epidemic of white men in the US and worldwide becoming bolder and more violent and this is fueled by an administration that took white supremacy off the watch list yet demonizes non-whites and non- Christians, or anyone who does not conform to the WHITE MALE CHRISTIAN NARRATIVE. POTUS is a shameful, disgraceful monster who once again missed an opportunity to denounce hate. What have we become?

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  • Surender
    03/16/2019
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    Two sides of the same coin White Idiots / ISIS-Al Quaeda ! The western world needs to police its own and the islamic world needs to check its own. One cant control the other. Neither are doing their job. Just as charity begins at home so does putting the lid on extremism. Until then more to come... sad! Take our moron in chief... according to him the army/police/bikers are poised to do ‘bad’ things and are waiting for his signal!? And what is congress doing to curb such incitement? NOTHING! Likewise when suicide bombings occur weekly all the islamic countries do is ‘denounce’ for the moment but no action.

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  • Chris
    03/16/2019
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    We need to do more to stop white nationalist terrorism. We need to censure leaders in our government who espouse and support it (e.g. Steve King, Donald Trump).

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  • collins1129
    03/15/2019
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    Other countries have strong bills against hate speech to limit the spread of bigoted conspiracy theories and the radicalization of hate. As we continue to see massive displays of violence and hate worldwide and often directly inspired by hate speech from our own country, we need to work to design similar laws. Furthermore, we need gun control legislation to prevent further actions on our own soil against our own citizens. Our main export cannot be hate, and the example we set cannot be one of terror and violence.

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  • Sandra
    03/15/2019
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    My heart brakes for these people....the PM (?) of New Zealand said it best....."They are "US"......How ANYONE could attack innocent people, especially in their house of worship is beyond comprehension.

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