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Christchurch mosque shootings

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On 15 March 2019, mass shootings occurred in consecutive terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.[2][7] They were committed by a lone gunman who entered both mosques during Friday prayer, firstly at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1:40 pm and later at the Linwood Islamic Centre at 1:52 pm.[8][9][10] Fifty-one people were killed and forty others were injured.[11][12]

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Christchurch mosque shootings
Part of Terrorism in New Zealand
The Al Noor Mosque in August 2019
The mosques are located in Christchurch, New Zealand
Al Noor Mosque
Al Noor Mosque
Linwood Islamic Centre
Linwood Islamic Centre
Christchurch is located in New Zealand
LocationChristchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Date15 March 2019 (4 years ago)
c. 1:40 – 1:59 pm (NZDT; UTC+13)
TargetMuslim worshippers
Attack type
Mass shooting,[1] terrorist attack,[2] shooting spree, mass murder, right-wing terrorism, hate crime
PerpetratorBrenton Harrison Tarrant
VerdictPleaded guilty to all charges
Convictions51 counts of murder
40 counts of attempted murder
One count of committing a terrorist act
SentenceLife imprisonment without the possibility of parole

The gunman, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant from Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, was arrested after his vehicle was rammed by a police unit as he was driving to a third mosque in Ashburton. He was described in media reports as a white supremacist.[13][14] He had live-streamed the first shooting on Facebook[15] and had published an online manifesto before the attack. The video and manifesto were later banned in New Zealand and Australia.[16] On 26 March 2020, he pleaded guilty[17][18] to 51 murders, 40 attempted murders, and engaging in a terrorist act,[19][20] and in August was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole  the first such sentence in New Zealand.[21][22][23]

The attack was linked to an increase in white supremacy and alt-right extremism globally[24][25] observed since about 2015.[26][27] Politicians and world leaders condemned it,[28] and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as "one of New Zealand's darkest days".[29] The government established a royal commission into its security agencies in the wake of the shootings, which were the deadliest in modern New Zealand history and the worst ever committed by an Australian national.[30][31][32] The commission submitted its report to the government on 26 November 2020,[33] the details of which were made public on 7 December.[34]