Timeline of New Zealand terror attack

New Zealand is reeling in the wake of the most deadly mass shooting in its history. Here is a timeline of the vicious attack targeting Muslims in the southern city of Christchurch. The attack left 49 dead and injured a further 48.

All times local (Christchurch, New Zealand, is 13 hours ahead of UTC)

Shooter publishes white supremacist manifesto on the website 8chan, 24 hours before the attack.


Shooter enters Al Noor Mosque, livestreaming the attack on Facebook as he opens fire with an automatic weapon, killing 41 people. The shooter remains in the mosque for two minutes, killing 41 people. He leaves, shoots at people on the street, retrieves another rifle from his car and reenters the mosque. After leaving the mosque again, the gunman shoots a woman outside.


Police arrive at the Al Noor Mosque responding to reports of gunfire. At the same time, the shooter, or another shooter or shooters, enters Linwood Islamic Center 6 km (4 miles) away, opening fire and killing seven. One person later dies at Christchurch Hospital. Witnesses say that a worshipper managed to disarm the assailant, forcing him to flee.


New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush announces that one person has been detained, but that others may still be at large.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls the attack, "one of New Zealand's darkest days."


New Zealand police request that all mosques in the country close their doors.


Police announce four people have been taken into custody in connection with the attack. Commissioner Bush also confirms that two improvised explosive devices were discovered in one vehicle near Al Noor Mosque.


Facebook and Twitter announce they will remove videos of the attacks from their platforms. It is currently (19:00 UTC) still available on YouTube, with new versions being uploaded as fast as others are removed.


One suspect is released. Police say one person "was arrested earlier today, however, that was not related to these events." Three others remain in custody.


Police announce that a 28-year-old white male has been charged with murder and will be arraigned on Saturday.


Police confirm an operation in Dunedin, 320 kilometers away, describing it as a "location of interest."

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