June 18, 2021

The New Zealand Police took 36 minutes to stop the attacker of the two mosques

The New Zealand Police took 36 minutes to stop the attacker of the two mosques

The New Zealand Police said today that it took 36 minutes to arrest Brenton Tarrant, the assailant of the two mosques in Christchurch, after receiving the warning of the attack that caused 49 dead and 48 wounded.

"We arrived at the scene in the mosques long before (the 36 minutes) was the time from the initial notice of the incident until we had the suspect in custody," Police Commissioner Mike Bush said at a press conference.

The police chief responded to the press after Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, appeared before a Chirstchurch court, with shackles on his hands and feet, and making gestures of white supremacist groups.

Two other people remain in custody while they are being investigated by the New Zealand Police, which according to the commissioner has the cooperation of Australian security and intelligence agencies.

Bush indicated that at the moment the Police does not look for any more suspect for the attacks of Friday, although he specified that "this does not mean that there are not".

"I do not have intelligence about an imminent threat but I would never assume anything in a situation like this," said the commissioner, who reiterated that the police had not signed the attacker and said he had no history.

"Until this moment this person was not known to us, he was not someone of interest to any jurisdiction," he said.

The attacker retransmitted live during 17 minutes through Facebook the killing in one of the mosques, where it was possible to see how he shot point-blank at numerous people and changed the magazine of his automatic weapon several times.

The alleged perpetrator of the shooting also posted a manifesto on social networks with extremist ideology and proclamations against Muslims and immigrants.


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