Before the mosque attack, gunman published 74-page hate manifesto

Last Updated: Mar 15 2019 19:45

The Australian gunman that in a shooting rampage at a mosque, claimed lives of at least 49 people, left at least 49 people dead published a racist manifesto on Twitter beforehand then livestreamed his rampage, as per AFP online analysis. 

The New Zealand government said it could be illegal to share the video, which showed the gunman repeatedly shooting at worshippers from close range.

“Police are aware there is extremely distressing footage relating to the incident in Christchurch circulating online,” New Zealand police said in a Twitter post.

“We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.”

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday confirmed the attacker at the Masjid al Noor mosque was an Australian.

“We stand here and condemn, absolutely the attack that occurred today by an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist,” Morrison told a press conference.