Footage has emerged of the moment one of the New Zealand mosque attackers opened fire as it is revealed he was an Australian right-winger with anti-immigrant views.
At least 50 gunshots were heard around two mosques in Christchurch as Brenton Tarrant and several other people launched an attack.
Footage shows him taking a gun from the back of his car which is parked around the corner from a mosque.
He then approaches the mosque, walking past a couple of people on the road before raising his gun and starting to shoot.
The Australian Prime Minister confirmed that he was a citizen of his country and described him as an ‘extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.’
Three men and one woman have been taken into custody and police reported finding several bombs on vehicles in the area.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented ‘an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence’ and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees.
Police took three men and a woman into custody after the shootings, which shocked people across the nation of 5 million people.
Authorities have not elaborated on who they detained. But a man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-immigrant manifesto in which he explained who he was and his reasoning for his actions.
Ardern at a news conference alluded to anti-immigrant sentiment as the possible motive, saying that while many people affected by the shootings may be migrants or refugees ‘they have chosen to make New Zealand their home, and it is their home. They are us. The person who has perpetuated this violence against us is not.’
Police Commissioner Mike Bush stopped short of calling the shootings a terrorist attack, although said ‘it doesn’t get any more serious in this country.’ He said police were not aware of other suspects beyond the four who were detained but they couldn’t be certain.
‘The attackers were apprehended by local police staff. There have been some absolute acts of bravery,’ Bush said. ‘I’m hugely proud of our police staff, the way they responded to this. But let’s not presume the danger is gone.’
Bush said the defence force had defused a number of improvised explosive devices that were attached to vehicles stopped after the attacks.
He said anybody who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand on Friday should stay put.
Authorities have not yet said how many people were killed and wounded in the shootings. ‘It’s a very serious and grave situation,’ Bush said.
The deadliest occurred at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch at about 1.45 pm.
Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the mosque and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.
Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled.
Peneha said he then went into the mosque to try and help.
‘I saw dead people everywhere. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque,’ he said. ‘It’s unbelievable nutty. I don’t understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It’s ridiculous.’He said he helped about five people recover in his home. He said one was slightly injured.
‘I’ve lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they’re very friendly,’ he said. ‘I just don’t understand it.’
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