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New Zealand PM Received Gunman's 'Manifesto' Minutes Before Christchurch Mosque Attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a 'manifesto' from the gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday's attack.

New Zealand PM Received Gunman's 'Manifesto' Minutes Before Christchurch Mosque Attack
New Zealand PM Received Gunman's 'Manifesto' Minutes Before Christchurch Mosque Attack
outlookindia.com
2019-03-17T11:36:53+0530

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her office received a "manifesto" from the gunman suspected of killing 50 people in two Christchurch mosques minutes before Friday's attack.

"I was one of more than 30 recipients of the manifesto that was mailed out nine minutes before the attack took place," Ardern told reporters on Sunday.

"It did not include a location, it did not include specific details," she said, adding that it was sent to security services within two minutes of receipt.

Ardern said she had read "elements" of the lengthy, meandering and conspiracy-filled far-right "manifesto".

"The fact that there was an ideological manifesto with extreme views attached to this attack, of course, that is deeply disturbing," she said.

In a 74-page manifesto the attacker posted online, he described himself as a white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. Ardern has called the attack "terrorism".

Expressing India's solidarity with the people of New Zealand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.

With inputs from Agencies

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