The terrorist who killed at least 49 people in New Zealand mosques identified as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, has appeared in court on Saturday (March 16) morning charged with murder. No application for bail was made and he is due to appear in court again on 5 April.
Tarrant had published a racist manifesto on Twitter before going on to live-stream his rampage, which left at least 49 people, including women and a four-year-old child, dead.
The Christchurch shooter’s two targets were the Al Noor Mosque, where 41 people were killed, and a second, smaller mosque in the suburb of Linwood, where seven more died. Police called for people not to share the video, which showed the gunman shooting repeatedly at worshippers from close range. “Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” New Zealand police said in a Twitter post. “We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”
AFP determined the video was genuine through a digital investigation that included matching screenshots of the mosque taken from the gunman´s footage with multiple images available online showing the same areas. But later Facebook removed the online streaming video of Mosque shooting.
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16 June, 2019