WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FATEFUL DAY?
Fifty people were killed and another 50 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in the deadliest attack in the country’s history.
The first shooting took place at the Al Noor mosque, in central
Christchurch, on Friday, March 15. A gunman using the name Brenton Tarrant live-streamed footage of his rampage to Facebook, filmed with a head-mounted camera. Footage showed the man, armed with semi-automatic weapons, firing indiscriminately at men, women and children from close range inside the mosque.
The second attack then took place a little later, five kilometres
away at Linwood Mosque, east of the city centre. There were fewer details about the attack in the Christchurch
suburb of Linwood, where about 100 people were attending prayers at the Linwood Islamic Centre. At about 1.55pm, the gunman stepped out of his car and shot a man and his wife, according to local media reports.
Two police officers, one of them armed with only a handgun, chased and arrested the suspect — 21 minutes after the first emergency 111 call reporting the attack on Al Noor mosque.
Two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were found in a car
and neutralised by the military, police said.
A police officer stands guard in front of the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 17.