Christchurch mosque shootings

Christchurch mosque shootings
Part of Terrorism in New Zealand
Canterbury Mosque 12 June 2006 (adjusted levels).jpg
Al Noor Mosque in 2006
Location of Al Noor Mosque (left) and Linwood Islamic Centre (right)
LocationChristchurch, New Zealand
Attack type
Mass shooting,[1] terrorist attack[2]
WeaponsTwo semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, one lever-action rifle, undetonated car bombs
  • 42 at Al Noor Mosque
  • 7 at Linwood Islamic Centre
  • 1 later at Christchurch Hospital
Non-fatal injuries
AssailantsBrenton Harrison Tarrant

The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.[7] The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm, and continued at the Linwood Islamic Centre[8][9][10] at about 1:55 pm.[11]

The attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 more.[12][13] The suspect, a 28-year-old Australian man described in media reports as an alt-right white supremacist, was arrested and charged with murder.[14][15][16] The attacks have been linked to an increase of white supremacist and alt-right extremism globally[17][18] observed since the mid-2010s.[19][20] The suspect published a manifesto and live-streamed the first attack on Facebook Live.[21] It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern New Zealand history.[22]


Al Noor Mosque, Riccarton

The gunman began shooting worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue, Riccarton, at around 1:40 pm. Police received the first emergency call at 1:41 pm.[23] Between three and five hundred people may have been inside the mosque attending Jumu'ah (Friday prayer) at the time of the shooting.[24] A neighbour of the mosque told reporters that he saw the gunman flee and drop what appeared to be a firearm in the driveway.[25] The witness said the gunman appeared to be wearing military-style clothing.[26]

The gunman live-streamed the first 17 minutes of the attack on Facebook Live, starting with the drive to the mosque and ending with the drive away.[27] Moments before the shooting, the gunman played a traditional marching song of the British military called "The British Grenadiers", "Gas Gas Gas", a song by Italian musician Manuel Karamori used in the popular anime adaptation of the manga series Initial D, and "Serbia Strong", a Serb nationalist song from the Bosnian War (1992–1995) celebrating Radovan Karadžić, who was found guilty of genocide against Bosnian Muslims.[28][29][30] Just before the shooting, the gunman appeared to be greeted by one of the worshippers, who said "Hello, brother" and was amongst the first people to be killed.[26][31][32]

The gunman spent several minutes inside the mosque, shooting indiscriminately at the attendees. He killed three people near the entrance, and many others inside a larger room. The gunman approached wounded victims, firing at them multiple times. He then left the mosque and fired on people outside. He went on to retrieve another weapon from his vehicle before returning to the mosque to murder more victims, many of whom were already wounded and unable to escape. The gunman then exited the mosque for a second time and killed a woman near the footpath as she pleaded for help. He returned to his car and fled the scene shortly thereafter.[26] The video showed that the gunman shot other civilians near the area and drove away at a high speed.[33]

When the gunman returned to the car, it was playing the song "Fire" by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown.[34] A Pakistani emigrant,[35] Naeem Rashid, charged at the gunman but was shot; he later died in hospital.[36][37][38] The footage stopped as the gunman was driving along Bealey Avenue, heading in the direction of the Linwood Islamic Centre.[39]

Linwood Islamic Centre

A second series of shootings commenced at about 1:55 pm.[40] at the Linwood Islamic Centre,[41][42] a mosque 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away from Al Noor.[26] The gunman shot several people outside the mosque, killing seven.[33]

The mosque's acting imam credited a worshipper named Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah with stopping the attack before the gunman could enter the building.[43] Wahabzadah told media that he ran at the gunman hoping to distract him from attacking people in the mosque. When the gunman retreated, he took a credit card machine, ran after the gunman and threw the machine at him. The gunman took a firearm from his car and fired at Wahabzadah, who took cover among nearby cars and retrieved an empty shotgun the gunman had dropped. The gunman continued firing at the mosque. When the gunman returned to his car again, Wahabzadah threw the shotgun and shattered a car window or windscreen. The gunman then drove away.[44][45][46][47]

Explosive devices

The police found two improvised explosive devices attached to a car, which were defused by the New Zealand Defence Force.[48] No explosives were found on the gunman.[49]

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Lingua Franca Nova: Ataca en Christchurch
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