At least 49 people have been killed and more than 40 others wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, after a gunman opened indiscriminate fire at worshippers, some as they were kneeling at prayer.
Suspected rightwing militants on Friday launched twin terrorist attacks on mosques in the city of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island. At lease one of the attacks was livestreamed on social media channels, according to authorities.
The mosques targeted in Friday’s attack, the worst mass shooting in the country’s history, were the Masjid Al Noor in central Christchurch and another place of worship in the suburb of Linwood. Women and children were among those killed.
A 28-year-old Australian man, who police did not identify, was charged with murder. He is set to appear in court on Saturday.
Two other men and one woman were arrested in connection with the attack, two of whom remain in custody.
Just before the attack, an account believed to belong to the gunman posted a link to an 87-page white nationalist manifesto online. The unsigned manifesto is filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments, as well as explanations for an attack.
In the manifesto, he identifies himself as a white man, born in Australia, and lists the white nationalists who have inspired him.
He will appear in court Saturday morning local time.