March 15, 2019 – NBC News – By Alexander Smith, Caroline Radnofsky, Linda Givetash and Vladimir Banic
The main suspect accused of carrying out a massacre at two New Zealand mosques on Friday was described by officials as a “right-wing extremist terrorist,” and appeared to post a lengthy manifesto before the attack detailing his white-supremacist worldview.
Authorities charged a 28-year-old Australian national with murder in the shooting deaths of at least 49 people during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch.
Police sources told NBC News’ Australian partner Channel 7 that the suspect’s name is Brenton Tarrant.
Three other people have been detained although authorities said it was unclear how they related to the incident. None of the four were on any terrorism watchlists, officials said.
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