Police urge people to stop sharing that Christchurch shooter video online

Hugh Fox
March 16, 2019

At least 49 people were killed in attacks against two mosques, and dozens of others were wounded.

Ardern fronted media a short time ago to confirm the death toll - the first official confirmation of casualties since the attack began earlier this afternoon.

Ardern called the killings "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and an "unprecedented" situation. Tarrant frequently describes Muslim immigrants to New Zealand as "invaders" on "foreign lands" and the desire of his attack to raise race consciousness among White people around the world and eventually ignite a race war in all western nations. Police have urged users not to share the distressing footage and they are working to have any videos removed.

The New York Times reported that someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a manifesto on Twitter and 8chan, where he also posted a link to his Facebook page, saying that he would soon livestream the shooting.

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In a statement, the High Commission said it directly and through the honorary consul of Bangladesh in Auckland disseminated messages to the Bangladeshis living in New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular to remain calm, stay indoors, avoid places of congregation and obey the instructions of law enforcers. "We believe that 40 people have lost their lives in this act of extreme violence".

The videos show the gunman driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside.

The shootings were carried out in two locations - Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque - with one suspect arrested in between the two locations. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Bush confirmed the shootings had resulted in "multiple fatalities". "I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping", an eyewitness said. "There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque", he said.

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People stood across the road from a mosque in central Christchurch.

New Zealand Police tweeted: "In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown". "It took nearly half an hour, more than half an hour by the time the ambulance could arrive and I think he must have died". There were also "possibly" two improvised explosive devices on one vehicle, Bush said.

The White House also issued a statement, saying the US strongly condemns the attack and stands in solidarity with the people of New Zealand.

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