Police Commissioner Mike Bush has confirmed that the death toll in the Christchurch mosque attacks has risen to 49 people. A male in his 20’s has been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow.
Bush confirmed that a further 40 people were injured and taken to hospital in what is now the worst ever mass shooting in New Zealand history. He also denied speculation that the hospital had also been attacked.
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, New Zealand has been placed on its highest security threat level according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Four people were taken into custody, three men and one woman, in connection with the attack but only one has been charged with murder so far. It has been confirmed that all four held extremist anti-Muslim views but were not on any police watch lists.
One of the four has already been charged with murder and will appear in court tomorrow but Police Commissioner Bush declined to confirm the name of the suspect prior to the court hearing.
The extent of the other three suspects’ involvement has yet to be determined.
Bush declined to speculate on the motives of the attacker and would not confirm whether clear threats had been made on Facebook prior to the attack and that police had prior warning.
The Bangladesh National Cricket team was due to visit one of the mosques but managed to escape the violence.
However, conspiracy groups have called the attack fake because non of the images or video’s released showed blood on the so-called victims. The propaganda tool must take away the attention of the Boeing 737 MAX scandal.
ABC Flash Point News 2019.