Toll Hits 49 in NZ Mosque Shootings

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By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2019 4:52 AM CDT
Updated Mar 15, 2019 6:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – The death toll in Friday's mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has now hit 49, making it the country's deadliest outbreak of violence since a WWII POW camp riot. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who described Friday as one of New Zealand's "darkest days," has raised the country's terror alert to its second-highest level for the first time in New Zealand history. "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," she said, denouncing the "extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." More:

  • Suspects in custody. Police say three men and a woman, including an Australian citizen, were taken into custody after the attacks and one was later charged with murder, the AP reports. A suspect who livestreamed horrifying video of the attack on one mosque identified himself as Brenton Tarrant and left a manifesto in which he described himself as an Australian and a racist. Authorities say none of the suspects were on watch lists.

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