‘NZ GUN­MAN HAD PLANNED TO ATTACK A THIRD MOSQUE’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Comment -

CHRISTCHUR­CH: The man who slaugh­tered 51 wor­ship­pers at two New Zealand mosques last year had in­tended to burn down the mosques af­ter at­tack­ing a third one, a pros­e­cu­tor said in court as his four-day sen­tenc­ing hear­ing be­gan on Mon­day. The gun­man, Aus­tralian Bren­ton Tar­rant, pleaded guilty in March to 51 counts of mur­der, 40 counts of at­tempted mur­der and one count of ter­ror­ism. New de­tails about the March 2019 at­tacks were out­lined dur­ing the first day of a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing at the Christchur­ch high court. Prose­cu­tors out­lined the at­tacks in a 26-page sum­mary, the first de­tailed ac­count by au­thor­i­ties about what hap­pened on March 15 last year.

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