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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.

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