‘Hello Brother’: New Zealand Attacker’s First Victim Greeted Him
The first victim of the New Zealand gunman, who in the worst ever mass shooting of New Zealand killed 49 people, including children, appeared to have said “hello brother” to the gunman before getting shot.
The man, who is still not identified, could be overheard saying “hello brother” as the gunman is entering the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch.
The gunman, identified as Australian-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, was charged with murder after appearing in court today. The court is expected to slap him with more charges.
During the hearing, Tarrant flashed an upside-down “okay” signal, associated with white supremacists.
Two other people are in police custody though their link to attacks is still not disclosed.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had declared the attack on mosques in Christchurch as a terrorist attack.
— Ilyas#Phdb#UST (@ilyas_cam__) March 16, 2019
The attacks have been blamed on growing Islamophobia and xenophobia in the west.
Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that he blames this on how Muslims have been demonized by blaming a terror attack by a single Muslim on the entire community after the 9/11 attacks.
He had said: “I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim.”
The premier had also said that “this has been done deliberately to also demonise legitimate Muslim political struggles”.
PM Khan had also condemned the attacks in New Zealand’s Christchurch, saying “this reaffirms what we have always maintained: that terrorism does not have a religion. Prayers go to the victims and their families”.
I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim. This has been done deliberately to also demonize legitimate Muslim political struggles. https://t.co/5bBREoayLz
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) March 15, 2019