10 Points On New Zealand Mosque Shootings In Which 49 Died

  1. 41 were shot dead at the Al Noor mosque and seven at a mosque in Linwood neighbourhood; one died at hospital, police said. The victims included women and children.
  2. The attacker live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room in the mosque, shooting victims from close range. He first fires eight shots with a shotgun and then switches to a semi-automatic rifle, shows the unverified video that is being widely circulated on social media.
  3. The attacker returned to the car to change guns, and went back to the mosque to shoot anyone showing signs of life, the video that was apparently shot from a camera mounted to his helmet, showed.
  4. An eyewitness at the Al Noor mosque described the gunman as a white, blonde man who was wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest, reported news agency Reuters. The attacker, wielding a rifle, walked to the mosque and started shooting everyone in sight.
  5. Another eyewitness, Faisal Sayed, told NDTV that one of the people inside the mosque made the shooter drop his gun. “I witnessed this gentleman who went behind the shooter and held him, making him drop the gun. The shooter then rushed for the door. If that hadn’t happened, many more would have died and I wouldn’t be here now,” he said.
  6. An Indian-origin man, Ahmed Jehangir, who has family in Hyderabad, was among those who were injured in the attack, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said, urging External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help the family.
  7. Just before the attack, an anonymous post on the discussion site 8chan, known for a wide range of content including hate speech, said the writer was going to “carry out an attack against the invaders” and included links to a Facebook live stream, in which the shooting appeared, and a manifesto, Reuters said.
  8. The manifesto cited “white genocide”, a term typically used by racist groups to refer to immigration and the growth of minority populations, as his motivation.
  9. The attack was also a close call for 17 members of Bangladesh’s cricket team, which is in New Zealand for a Test series. As the cricket team was about to enter the Al Noor mosque, shooting began and they were whisked away. The test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has that was to begin tomorrow has been postponed.
  10. Police warned Muslims all over the country not to visit mosques “anywhere in New Zealand” in the wake of the Christchurch attacks.

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