An Australian man, believed to be 28-year-old man, who calls himself Brenton Tarrant, conducted a mass shooting at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, leaving dozens of people killed. Prior to the shooting, he reportedly wrote a 73-page "manifesto" about his plans.
The country's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, immediately held a press conference, where she referred to the incident as "one of New Zealand's darkest days" and an "unprecedented act of violence."
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Parliament of New Zealand adopted on Tuesday after the first reading a new Arms Amendment Bill that aims to tighten gun control and to ban semi-automatic firearms, magazines, and parts that can be used to assemble prohibited firearms, a statement on the parliament's website said.
The rhetoric instantly met a barrage of criticism, with Jewish groups saying that one shouldn’t mention Israel’s intelligence service in conspiracy theories that give rise to racist and anti-Semitic sentiment in society.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Friday that a misunderstanding with Turkey over its reaction to a shooting in two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch had been "cleared up."
In the latest update on the terrorist attack in New Zealand, Facebook has vowed to stop the spread of viral videos, like the footage filmed by the shooter, and engage Artificial Intelligence to recognize banned material faster.
New Zealand and Australia have been in a diplomatic row with Turkey over President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric in the wake of the deadly mosque attack in Christchurch, killing dozens. Particularly, Erdogan suggested that anyone who comes to Turkey with anti-Muslim sentiments would be sent back in coffins, “like their grandfathers were”.
The debates around the Christchurch rugby team’s name and emblem, which hark back to the medieval wars for the Holy Land against Muslims, flared up after a shooting rampage in two local mosques that claimed the lives of at least 50 people.
Hizb ut-Tahrir*, which is seeking to establish an Islamic regime and has been classified as a terrorist organisation in Russia and many Arab countries, intends to commemorate the Christchurch shooting victims by a Friday prayer near the Danish parliament. This step was decried by right-wing politicians and even triggered a counter-demonstration.
In a series of explosive comments about the mass shooting in New Zealand's mosques, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that anyone who comes to Turkey with anti-Muslim sentiments would be sent back in coffins, "like their grandfathers were" during the World War I Gallipoli campaign.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The UK Home Office announced on Tuesday that it is increasing security funding for places of worship and sets up an additional 5 million pound ($6.6 million) fund in the wake of deadly New Zealand mosque shootings that killed 50 people.
On 15 March, a 28-year-old Australian man, who perpetrated deadly attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, streamed online the mass shooting at one of the scenes, with the footage rapidly spreading on social media. Over the first 24 hours, Facebook took down some 1.5 mln versions of the original video, but it still can be viewed.
Friday's attack on two mosques in New Zealand shows a different form of religious extremism that sees Islamic extremism as a threat that is analysed as “reactive co-radicalization” according to Douglas Pratt, Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland and Honorary Programme Officer of the Religious Diversity Centre of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms have faced criticism in the days following the attack on two mosques in New Zealand over failing to stop the rapid spread of the attack footage. The shooter live-streamed himself killing innocent worshipers during Friday prayers on Facebook and copies of the video continue to reappear online.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed media reports suggesting his rhetoric is partly to blame for last week's terror attack in New Zealand, calling such accusations "ridiculous."
An Australian lawmaker, who blamed the deadly shootings at two Christchurch mosques on immigration policies that “allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place”, found himself with egg on his face just a day after the attacks.
Over the past few days, the YouTube king’s name has been embroiled in a series of controversies: first it was used to deface a World War II memorial in New York, and then the New Zealand shooter, who live-streamed himself killing Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, appeared to be encouraging people to subscribe to PewDiePie.
The Australian man charged over last week’s twin mosque attacks in New Zealand is believed to have acted alone, police said. Three people arrested after the massacre are not believed to have been involved, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said but added that he couldn't be conclusive.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Australian counter-terrorism police have raided two homes in New South Wales, including one belonging to the sister of Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the gunman who perpetrated fatal shootings at two mosques in New Zealand last week, the broadcaster 9 News reported on Monday.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that following the mass shooting in Christchurch gun laws in the country would be reformed.
Following the mass shooting in the city of Christchurch, the politician has vowed to change the legislation, saying that there had been attempts to change the gun laws in the country back in 2005, 2012 and in 2017.
Duty lawyer Richard Peters. who represented Brenton Tarrant in court on Saturday confirmed to the media outlet New Zealand Herald on Sunday that he was no longer acting for his defendant.