Australian Prime Minister confirms nationality of New Zealand mosque shooter

Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody in New Zealand's mosque shootings is an Australian

Published: 15th March 2019 11:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th March 2019 11:51 AM   |  A+A-

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Image of the alleged shooter from a video footage (Photo| AP)

By AFP

SYDNEY: The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody in New Zealand's mosque shootings is an Australian.

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A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings said in a manifesto that he was a 28-year-old white Australian who came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.

New Zealand police said they had arrested four people. Morrison on Friday confirmed one of those who were arrested was an Australian-born citizen. He said Australian authorities were assisting with the investigation.

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Morrison said Australians were shocked, appalled and outraged by the attack. He described the gunman as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist."

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