One of the worst mass shootings in history: New Zealand tragedy claims 49 lives – the same number of victims in 2016 Orlando nightclub slaughter and more than ISIS Tunisia attack

Friday, March 15, 2019
By Paul Martin

New Zealand’s Mosque shootings have entered a grisly list of the deadliest
Death toll stands at 49, taking the massacre to the ninth worst in world history
It surpasses the horrific Port Arthur massacre in Ausralia in 1996, when 35 died
Worst European example was Paris, 2015, and in the States, at Las Vegas in 2017

By ROSS IBBETSON
DAILYMAIL.COM
15 March 2019

The terror attack in New Zealand claiming 49 lives has equalled the number of victims in the 2016 Orlando nightclub slaughter and is more than the ISIS Tunisia incident.

One of the terrorists who identified himself as Brenton Tarrant, stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island, to kill 41 defenceless worshippers attending Friday prayers.

At about the same time, there was a second shooting at Masjid Mosque on Linwood Avenue, where seven more were killed – a 49th died in hospital.

On a grisly ranking table the Christchurch Mosque shootings equal Florida’s Orlando nightclub shooting of 2016 and rank above the Sousse resort massacre in Tunisia in 2015, where 38 were killed.

The heinous acts have surpassed the Australian Port Arthur atrocity of 1996, when 35 were killed on the island – a former prison colony – as Martin Bryant fired rounds at tourists with an assault rifle.

A shooter stormed the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island around 1.30pm, opening fire with a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle on hundreds of devotees.

A sickening 17-minute video of the unfolding horror shows the self-confessed white supremacist dressed in army fatigues firing mercilessly at people scrambling to flee, and calmly re-loading when he runs out of bullets.

At the Masjid Mosque in the eastern area of the city there was shooting around the same time when seven more were killed – a 49th died in hospital.

Of the 49 fatalities, 41 were killed at the Al Noor Mosque and seven at the Linwood Avenue mosque, three more outside that mosque and a 49th died in hospital.

It was the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s history and is in ninth place as the world’s deadliest shooting.

The worst in Europe was the Paris attack of November 2015 perpetrated by Islamic terrorists, who deployed bombs and guns to claim 130 victims.

Though explosives were also used in these attacks, the primary weapons were Kalashnikov assault rifles, most infamously at the Bataclan venue during a heavy metal concert where 90 were killed.

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