EFE: At least 49 people have died and 20 others have been injured in the shooting at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday, confirmed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today.
“This can only be described as a terrorist attack,” Ardern said in an appearance broadcast live from Wellington, where he confirmed the arrest of three men and one woman following the attack.
The Prime Minister said the four detainees are being questioned by the police, while noting that the suspects were not on file and were “off the radar” of the intelligence services.
The prime minister described the attack as “extreme ideology and extreme violence” and noted that it has no “precedent” in New Zealand, a country she described as diverse and open.
The prime minister said the four detainees are being questioned by the police, while pointing out that the suspects were not on file and were “off the radar” of the intelligence services.
The officers found explosive devices in the vehicles and one of the assailants was identified as Brenton Tarrant, an Australian from the state of New South Wales, an Australian police source told TVNZ.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, condemned the attack confirmed that one of the four arrested by the police is Australian.
“I can confirm that an individual who has been reportedly taken into custody was born in Australia,” said Morrison, who said Australian security agencies assist in the police investigation.
Another of the detainees is a woman, according to New Zealand police sources.
“We are horrified, dismayed, outraged and absolutely condemn this attack committed today by a right-wing extremist violent terrorist,” added the Australian leader, who showed his solidarity with the New Zealanders.
The attacks took place early in the afternoon in two mosques located in the center of Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island of the country.
The attacks took place early in the afternoon in two mosques in the centre of Christchurch, the country’s largest city on the South Island.
One of the shootings was broadcast live through social networks by one of the assailants, who appears in military clothing inside the worship center shooting at point-blank range several people with an automatic weapon from which he changed the magazine at least twice.
In the social networks also circulates a manifesto of the assailants that would include pejorative qualifiers against the Muslims.
“It is clearly a white supremacist who has been planning this for two years,” a security analyst told Radio New Zealand.
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