Mass murder in Christchurch mosque livestreamed on Facebook

naveed

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)



Dozens are dead following a shooting at a mosque in the NZ city. The prime minister called it ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.

This report is being updated to reflect developments

  • Fatalities confirmed by Police
  • Prime minister condemns ‘unprecedented act of violence’
  • “Risk environment remains extremely high”, warn Police
  • One person in custody but Christchurch residents urged to remain indoors
  • Schools, hospitals and council buildings in the city in lockdown until further notice
  • Mosques nationwide advised to shut doors until further notice
An apparent mass murder in Christchurch this afternoon was streamed live on Facebook, with use of a GoPro. The man’s Facebook account is no longer available.

The Spinoff has established that in an online post on a forum separate from Facebook, left minutes before the attack on a mosque near Hagley Park began, a man said it was time to “stop shitposting” and “carry out an attack against the invaders”.

The man begins by saying, “let’s get this party started”. In a separate “manifesto” posted online, the man describes himself as a “white man” in his late 20s, born in Australia. The document contains dozens of pages filled with violent, racist language.

The Spinoff has decided not to name the man or the site.

Some media outlets have published portions of the live-streamed video footage. At 4.50pm, NZ Police tweeted that they were trying to have any footage removed and urged people not to share it:


Police have confirmed numerous fatalities, and that the situation remains active.

An eyewitness inside the mosque told RNZ he heard shots fired and “there was blood everywhere”. Another eyewitness told RNZ a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opened fire inside the mosque. He said a woman and child were among the injured and the offender had an automatic weapon.

In a statement issued at 4pm, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said that one person was in custody. “However Police believe there may be other offenders.”

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, called it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

She said: “Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence … Please be assured that Police are actively monitoring the situation.”

She said it was “an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are … The people who were the subject of this attack, this is their home, they should be safe here.”

Commissioner Bush said: “This is an evolving incident, and we are working to confirm the facts, however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities.”

He said police are doing all they can to resolve the incident, and urged people to stay vigilant and report and suspicious behaviour.

Extra support is being brought into Christchurch from other parts of the country.

Commissioner Bush also asked mosques nationwide to shut their doors, and asked people in the area to refrain from visiting mosques until further notice.
Facebook has been approached for comment.
Following a number of incidents in which violent murders and other graphic content were broadcast on Facebook Live, in May 2017 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company would increase the size of its staff that reviewed flagged content by 66%, adding 3000 people to its 4500-strong community operations team around the world.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen people hurting themselves and others on Facebook — either live or in video posted later,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post at the time.

“If we’re going to build a safe community, we need to respond quickly. We’re working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”

 
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kakamuna420

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
from the video, it is clear that 30-40 are dead. Why the mosque didn't arrange a security when all mosques are crying for donations.
 

pkpatriot

Minister (2k+ posts)
InnaLillah e wa inna elaihi rajeon!
Govts like USA, UK, INDIA, ISREAL etc. are responsible for hate crimes against muslims.
They created Islamphobia, linked terrorism to a religion, victimized the weak countries and created a biased image.
They didn't understand humanity suffers at the end.
 

kakamuna420

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
InnaLillah e wa inna elaihi rajeon!
Govts like USA, UK, INDIA, ISREAL etc. are responsible for hate crimes against muslims.
They created Islamphobia, linked terrorism to a religion, victimized the weak countries and created a biased image.
They didn't understand humanity suffers at the end.
I would recommend everybody to apply for a conceal carry. My daughter goes to mosque for a Quran class and I decided it long time ago.
 

Ali-NZ

Senator (1k+ posts)
This bloodily is Australian NOT New Zealander
This tells all. I am here since last 12 years never heard anything like that.
 

stoic

MPA (400+ posts)
Suggest not to watch the video, its too distressing.

Some descriptions being reported online:
He went and individually shot people already lying on ground in head to make sure they are dead.
One person tried to rush him but unfortunately was shot.
Woman begged him but he shot her and ran his car over her.
3 men and 1 Woman arrested.
 
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lonewolf

MPA (400+ posts)
This bloodily is Australian NOT New Zealander
This tells all. I am here since last 12 years never heard anything like that.
america mien aisay incidents hotay hain,europe,australia ,newzealand etc to safe hain hai na?,newzealand mien kaisay ho gya...?
 
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