CHRISTCHURCH — One of the gunmen, Brenton Tarrant, live streamed the audacious attack on the Muslim worshipers on Facebook with a camera fitted to his helmet.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern said attacks on two Christchurch mosques have left at least 49 dead on Friday. “From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned,” she said, adding that in addition to the dead another 20 people were seriously injured.
Witnesses spoke of seeing bloodied bodies, with children also believed to be among the dead, and police warned of “extremely distressing footage” of the incident circulating on the internet.
Police said four people — three men and a woman — had been taken into custody, and that they had found and neutralised a number of IEDS (improved explosive devices).
A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head.