Christchurch mosque shootings

Christchurch mosque shootings
Part of Terrorism in New Zealand
Canterbury Mosque 12 June 2006 (adjusted levels).jpg
The Al Noor Mosque in 2006
The mosques are located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Al Noor Mosque
Al Noor Mosque
Linwood Islamic Centre
Linwood Islamic Centre

Christchurch is located in New Zealand

LocationChristchurch, New Zealand
Date15 March 2019 (2019-03-15)
1:40 p.m. (NZDT; UTC+13)
TargetMosque attendees
Attack type
Mass shooting,[1] terrorist attack,[2] shooting spree
WeaponsTwo semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns
  • 42 at the Al Noor Mosque
  • 7 at the Linwood Islamic Centre
  • 2 later at Christchurch Hospital
Charges51 counts of murder
40 counts of attempted murder
One count of engaging in a terrorist act

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist shooting attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.[6] The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 p.m. and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1:55 p.m.[7][8][9][10] The gunman live-streamed the first attack on Facebook Live.[11]

The attacks killed 51 people[12][13] and injured 49.[3] Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man, described in media reports as a white supremacist and part of the alt-right, was arrested and initially charged with one murder.[14][15][16][17] Tarrant was later charged with 51 murders, 40 attempted murders, and engaging in a terrorist act; he pleaded not guilty to all charges, with the trial expected to start in June 2020.[18] The attacks have been linked to an increase in white supremacism and alt-right extremism globally[19][20] observed since about 2015.[21][22] Politicians and world leaders condemned the attacks,[23] and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".[24] The government established a royal commission of inquiry into its security agencies in the wake of the attacks, which are the deadliest mass shootings in modern New Zealand history.[25][26]


New Zealand has often been considered a safe country, and has a relatively low level of homicide.[27] These attacks were the first mass shooting in the country since the Raurimu massacre in 1997.[28] Prior to that, the deadliest public mass shooting was the 1990 Aramoana massacre, in which 13 people died.[29] While the country has rarely been associated with the extreme right,[30] experts have suggested that far-right extremism has been growing in New Zealand.[31] The sociologist Paul Spoonley has called Christchurch a hotbed for white supremacists and the extreme nationalist movement,[31] a suggestion rejected by Christchurch MP Gerry Brownlee.[32] Australia, where the alleged gunman was from, has also seen an increase in xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia.[33]

Islam is practised by over 46,000 New Zealanders (1.2% of the population), 3,000 of them in Christchurch and the wider Canterbury region.[34] The Al Noor Mosque opened in 1985; it was the first mosque in the South Island.[35] In 2014 and 2015, local press reported an allegation that a congregation member had been radicalised at the mosque.[36][37][38] The Linwood Islamic Centre opened in early 2018.[39]

Other Languages
Lingua Franca Nova: Ataca en Christchurch
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Napad na džamije u Christchurchu