PewDiePie 'Sickened' New Zealand Suspect Mentioned His Name

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following a shooting at the Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand

Speaking to media at Parliament tonight, Ardern described the attack as "an act of terror".

She described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white, blond and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest.

At least 48 people were wounded, some critically.

Two IEDs (improvised explosive devices) were also found and neutralised by the military, police said.

A gunman broadcast live stream footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders".

But those who committed the acts that have shocked the nation were not on a security watch list.

Satellite navigational audio could also be heard in the video as the gunman drove to the mosque, which AFP tracked on Google StreetView showing his route for the two kilometres (1.2 miles) leading there. An officer stopped him.

The killings were condemned by political and Islamic leaders across Asia.

Home to almost 400,000 people, Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand's South Island. But it has one of the lowest gun homicide rates in the world.

He said he helped about five people recover in his home.

Just 1% of New Zealand's population of nearly five million are Muslim, according to government statistics, less than 50,000 people in 2013.

About the attacker's name, Brenton Tarrant, the police stated that: 'I know there is a name within the public domain but it would be improper for me now to confirm that because a person has been charged'.


Australia's prime minister Scott Morrison said one of those arrested was an Australian citizen.

Ardern said New Zealand was not a target because it is a safe harbour of those who hate, nor because New Zealand condones racism or is an enclave for racism.

At the White House, Trump called the bloodshed "a awful thing" but rejected any suggestion the white nationalist movement is a rising threat around the world, saying it is "a small group of people that have very, very serious problems".

Tarrant, in his rambling manifesto, deemed Trump "a symbol of renewed white identity". He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door. Peneha then went into the mosque to help the victims.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

A Palestinian man who was in one of the mosques said he saw someone being shot in the head. "I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone".

The Facebook account that posted the video was no longer available shortly after the shooting. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

"Then people started running out". Children's screams can be heard in the distance as he returns to his vehicle to get another rifle.

He describes himself as "a private and mostly introverted person" and admits he is racist, adding that he is an "Eco-fascist by nature".

After going back outside and shooting a woman there, he gets back in his auto, where a song can be heard blasting. The singer bellows, "I am the god of hellfire!" and the gunman drives away.

The shootings took place at two separate mosques in the Canterbury region of the city.

The situation was also considered as not limited to Christchurch and Bush asked "anyone who was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go". The connection to PewDiePie was viewed as part of that strategy by many. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack. Ardern, whose party campaigned on the promise of raising the intake of refugees, called the planned increase "the right thing to do". There will be so many people affected.

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