Australian arrested in relation to mass shootings at Christchurch

By Helene Fung

Fourty-nine people were killed and 48 more were injured in terrorist shooting attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.

The mosques are at Deans Avenue in central Christchurch and in the nearby suburb of Linwood respectively.

Two improvised explosive devices were found on a vehicle near one of the mosques.

An Australian man, who identified himself on Twitter as “Brenton Tarrant”, is among three people arrested in relation to the attacks.

He livestreamed his rampage online, and at one stage turned the camera on himself. New Zealand Police urged that the link to Tarrant’s livestream not be shared, and are working to have the footage removed.

Tarrant also posted a long manifesto online, saying that his motive was to “reduce immigration rates to European lands”.

Christchurch had been in total lock down immediately following the attacks; Air New Zealand cancelled 17 departing flights and many incoming flights, all hospitals in the area have locked their doors except to emergency cases.

For the first time ever, New Zealand raised their national security threat level to high.

The Bangladeshi cricket team was also caught up in the attack, but was found to be unharmed.

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