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NZ Mosque Shooter Mailed Manifesto to PM Minutes Before Attack

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received the killer's manifesto 9 minutes before his attacks.

    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern received the killer's manifesto 9 minutes before his attacks. | Photo: Reuters

Published 17 March 2019

New Zealand's Christchurch killer emailed his 74-page manifesto to the Prime Minister minutes before massacring 50 worshippers. 

The white supremacist who killed 50 people in a mosque shooting in New Zealand sent Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern his 74-page diatribe against foreign “invaders” just before launching an attack on innocent worshippers.


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The so-called manifesto was emailed nine minutes before the attacks, but it was not enough to stop the attacks, according to Ardern.

"It did not include a location. It did not include specific details ... If we could have [stopped it], we absolutely would have," she told reporters Sunday.

"This was received by over 30 recipients nine minutes before guns were fired. Within two minutes of receipt it went to our parliamentary security," said Ardern. "But again, by the advice of police, by the time those emails were received they were already receiving 911 calls and responding, and someone was taken into custody within 36 minutes."

The killings, termed as “terrorism” by the prime minister, is the worst peacetime mass killing in the country.

Another body was found at the Al Noor mosque Saturday raising the death toll to 50.

Ardern said that “the fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack, of course, that is deeply disturbing,” adding that, “He will certainly face the justice system of New Zealand.”

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old who carried out the attack on two mosques appeared to praise the United States President Donald Trump.

Tarrant praised Trump as "a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose" while also complementing Anders Breivik, the Norwegian white supremacist who murdered 77 people in Norway in 2011.

He was charged with murder Saturday and the police said he is likely to face further charges on April 5, the day he is due back in court.

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