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Three men and one woman in custody, a number of IEDs attached to vehicles have been intercepted.
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Notably, KEBAB REMOVER was written on the gun (referring to a viral video from the '90s about Turkish ethnic cleansing) and MALTA 1565 on the foregrip, referring to the Great Siege of Malta.
These alone show his motivations.
edit: the video was Bosnian.
new zealand police have released a statement on facebook just a few minutes ago (4 PM new zeland time, about an hour after I posted this comment). 1 suspect is in custody, believed to be the shooter. They have confirmed attacks on two separate mosques, no mention of any situation at the hospital. The police cannot confirm if the shooter had any accomplices planning similar attacks, so the police have explicitly requested that anyone who is thinking of attending any mosques in new zealand not to go, close your doors, and stay indoors. They will provide more updates as the situation is contained.
please do not post anything in these comments at this time that could endanger anyone's life. Don't post police movements or locations of victims or anything of that sort. If you are in the area act with extreme caution, there is still the possibility of unexploded bombs and other shooters.
Police believe there may be other offenders....
if you are in the area, treat it as an active situation! Stay safe
/e5 there are now pictures of police arresting two different suspects, one in camo and one in black, and there is a cell phone video of the two suspects together both wielding rifles. It seems confirmed that this was a coordinated attack by at least 2+ attackers. Unknown if there are any more. Police are now imploring all people in the country do not go to a mosque today no matter what, and any mosques in the country should close their doors immediately
Skimmed through the video. It's beyond surreal. First person perspective of a madman gunning down scores of innocent people. And the guy is completely casual about it, cracking jokes on the drive there and listening to fucking meme songs. From what I've seen the dude was "edgy racist online troll" personified and posted in advance his details for the shooting on 8chan. I hate to make this a political debate but this is the kind of behavior that online culture produces. It's sickening and it's pissed me off. Fuck everyone who thinks being "ironically" racist and memeing nazi bullshit is funny in any way shape or form. This is the kind of person it ultimately produces. A completely desensitized monster who laughs it up on his way to gun down innocent people.
Holy fuck, that video hit fucking hard. Words can't describe what I just fucking watched, that was fucking chilling. My cousin lives in Christchurch, I'm still waiting for a reply from her.
EDIT: She’s alright, thanks for some of your concerns.
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This might sound bad, but Ive thought for a while now that it was only a matter of time before someone livestreamed themselves commiting a mass murder. These people are attention craving psychopaths. It's sad to say, but I think this is going to inspire more people to record themselves doing this shit. This is so fucked up.
In a 74-page manifesto, believed to have been written by Tarrant, he describes anti-immigrant motives, saying the victims were a "large group of invaders" who he says "seek to occupy my peoples lands and ethnically replace my own people (sic)".
That's rich coming from an Australian.
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One man survived but saw his wife dead on the ground outside.
I can't even imagine the pain.
Do not watch the video if you are faint of heart. One man also attempted to stop the terrorist by tackling him and ran a good 15 feet or so instead of trying to flee.
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