The Christchurch mosque attacks were live-streamed on the internet by a man posting online under the name Brenton Tarrant. He said he was Australian.
Distressing footage shows him firing indiscriminately at men, women and children at close range inside the Al Noor mosque.
The individual previously posted a rambling and expletive-filled document, espousing violent right-wing ideology.
Reaction to the attacks
A day later, the main suspect, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, appeared in court in Christchurch, charged with murder.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspect had “travelled around the world with sporadic periods of time spent in New Zealand” and that he was currently living in Dunedin, south of Christchurch.
“I would not describe him as a long-term resident,” she said
“The offender was in possession of a gun licence. I’m advised that this was acquired in November of 2017,” Ms Ardern said.
She said New Zealand intelligence services had been stepping up investigations into far-right extremists, but added: “The individual charged with murder had not come to the attention of the intelligence community nor the police for extremism.”
Tarrant appeared in court in Christchurch in a white prison uniform. He was remanded in custody with no bail application.
Attack streamed live
The man in the footage equipped himself with what appears to be a head-mounted camera to live-stream the attack in central Christchurch.
The streams were broadcast online, including briefly on Facebook, showing the violence in graphic detail.
A song which played in the suspect’s car is known as a marching anthem for Serbian nationalist paramilitary units known as Chetniks during the 1992-95 Bosnian war.
It praises Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, who was convicted of genocide and war crimes.
The names of men convicted of killing Muslims and migrants are written on the suspect’s weaponry.
One item had the words “For Rotherham” written on it, a reference to a child abuse scandal in the UK, while other wording referenced historical battles between European countries and the Ottoman Empire.
Australian media reported that Brenton Tarrant was originally from Grafton, a town 600km (370 miles) north of Sydney, and had previously worked at a fitness facility.
“He never showed any extremist views or any crazy behaviour,” his former boss, Tracey Gray, told Seven News.
The 16,500-word document he posted is entitled The Great Replacement – a phrase that originated in France and has become a rallying cry for European anti-immigration extremists.
In it, the man says he began planning an attack after visiting Europe in 2017 and being angered by events there.
Specifically, he references a lorry attack carried out by an Islamic State sympathiser in Sweden, France’s decision to elect the moderate Emmanuel Macron as president, and ethnic diversity in France.
Despite insisting that he is not motivated by fame, he acknowledges that he intends to survive the attack, and hopes it will spread fear.
He chose the Al Noor mosque as his target three months ago, the document says.
The central tenet of the conspiracy is that “European peoples” are dying out and being “replaced” by immigrants with a different, inferior and dangerous culture, says the BBC’s Dominic Casciani.
This is basically a code for hatred or fear of Muslims – part of the theory is that states and corporations are encouraging “white genocide” by pushing up immigration rates to keep global capitalism going, says our correspondent.
What about the others in custody?
Four people were arrested in the aftermath of the attack – three men and a woman, who was subsequently released without charge.
Police say they do not believe they were connected to the attack.
Of those, two remain in custody:
a man who apparently went to help carrying a rifle, who has been charged with a firearms offence
an 18-year-old, who will appear in court on Monday, but whose involvement is said to be “tangential”
Prime Minister Ardern said none of those in custody had been on active security watch lists in New Zealand or Australia.
“I have asked our agencies this morning to work swiftly on assessing whether there was any activity on social media or otherwise, that should have triggered a response,” the prime minister said.
Zinedine Zidane And Wife Celebrate 25th Wedding Anniversary
French football legend and Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane gave his wife Veronique a bunch of flowers as they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week
The 46-year old who made a sensational return back to Madrid last week shared a picture of the loved-up couple posing together with the flowers he gave his partner on Thursday morning.
According to reports, Zidane and Veronique met when he was playing for Cannes in the 1988-89 season before they got married in 1994. The pair have four sons together.
Child Slavery Along Ghana’s Volta Lake: CNN Feature Triggers Fact Finding Mission By Foundation
In the wake of a CNN documentary on child slavery along the Volta Lake, an NGO in Ghana has confirmed that it is embarking on a state of affairs mission to the areas featured in the piece.
The Books & Boots Foundation says this year’s Easter outreach program for it’s volunteers would be held in the Volta Region.
The Foundation had originally earmarked Easter activities for children in the Eastern region of the country with Volta region slated for December.
However, following the CNN documentary, the board of Books & Boots unanimously agreed to shift their focus this Easter to a fun day and soccer gala for the children within the Volta Lake catchment area.
According to Nana Poku Amankwah who is a coordinator for Books & Boots, the original plan for a Christmas tour of the Volta region is likely to remain unchanged.
“The foundation is aware of the challenges of child exploitation but we’re quite stunned by reports of outright child slavery.
That’s why we’ve decided to take immediate action for the truth now, rather than wait until Christmas as originally planned”.
Mr Amankwah explained that the foundation felt the need to get closer and personal first-hand encounters with the children and communities.
“Volta Region was on our radar for later in the year but it appears the situation regarding child exploitation and potential slavery is not too clear. We, therefore, need to get on the ground and look for a clearer state of affairs.
A team of national service volunteers, Active Minds Reading Club, juvenile soccer coaches, and media would be in the Volta region during the Easter holidays for a soccer gala.
“Our philosophy has always been to use soccer as a tool to attract, engage, impact and transform young lives. With this particular assignment, we aim to get as many of these children off the boats on the river and onto the pitches to play football and interact with our volunteers and coaches”.
Recent reports by the international media network CNN revealed child slavery in the Kete Krachi and surrounding areas along the Volta Lake of Ghana.
Since 2009, the Books and Boots Foundation has been connecting with children in communities through reading and other recreational activities before climaxing with a soccer gala.
The non-profit organization which is navigated by seasoned sportscaster Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has previously been involved in community development through education and sports in the Greater Accra, Central, Western, Ashanti and Eastern regions of Ghana.
Amongst such developments is the “2018 communities champions league” a football and reading project which was launched in 2018 and organized in over a dozen communities in the Ghanaian capital.
Cyclone Idai: Rescuers Race Against Time To Reach Survivors
Some 15,000 people still need to be rescued from the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai, Mozambique officials say.
The cyclone victims there are stranded by catastrophic flooding and are clinging to roofs or stuck in trees, charities say.
In the port city of Beira, aid workers say there are only two to three days of clean water left.
Some 300 people are confirmed dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, but the toll is expected to rise.
The powerful cyclone swept into Beira last Thursday, with winds of more than 177km/h (106 mph). It left a trail of devastation as it moved inland.
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