Christchurch terror attack: Shooter published manifesto online hours earlier8 min read

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A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out the massacre just hours before the attack.

Australian man Brenton Tarrant, 28, published ‘The Great Replacement’ the morning before opening fire at two mosques in Christchurch, on New Zealand’s south island.

Tarrant live streamed his attack on the Al Noor mosque on Facebook.

At least 30 people are believed to have been killed in the attack, while police have so far arrested three man and a woman – including Tarrant. 

The 73-page manifesto reveals in chilling details his grievances, why he picked the mosque and claims he was inspired by Norway mass shooter Anders Behring Breivik.

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Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday

Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday

Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday

A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out a massacre hours before the attack

A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out a massacre hours before the attack

The 87-page document, which he called 'The Great Replacement', was published on the morning before Brenton Tarrant opened fire inside the Al Noor Mostque in Christchurch

The 87-page document, which he called 'The Great Replacement', was published on the morning before Brenton Tarrant opened fire inside the Al Noor Mostque in Christchurch

A terrorist who opened fire on a New Zealand mosque published an online manifesto detailing his plans to carry out a massacre hours before the attack

‘I have read the writings of Dylan Roof and many others, but only really took true inspiration from Knight Justiciar Breivik,’ he wrote.

Tarrant’s reference to Breivik as a ‘Knight’ relates to the mass murders support for the Knights Templar – an extremist Christian group of specialist fighters from the 12th century. 

Tarrant also claimed he had been inspired to carry out the attacks as ‘revenge’ for a terror attack in Sweden that claimed a young girl among its victims. 

‘There was a period of time two years prior to the attack that dramatically changed my views. The period of time was from April 2017 to May 2017,’ he wrote. 

‘The first event that begun the change was the terror attack in Stockholm on 7 April, 2017.

‘I could no longer turn my back on the violence. Something this time was different.

‘That difference was Ebba Akerlund… Ebba was walking to meet her mother after school when she was murdered by an Islamic attacker.’ 

Tarrant described himself as an ‘ordinary white man born in Australia to a working class, low-income family.’

‘I am just a regular white man, from a regular family. Who decided to take a stand to ensure a future for my people,’ he wrote. 

Daily Mail Australia understands Tarrant grew up in Grafton, New South Wales, where much of his family still lives. 

In the manifesto Tarrant said he had ‘little interest in education’ and ‘did not attend University as I had no great interest in anything offered in the Universities to study’.

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The man said he initially planned to target a mosque in Dunedin, but changed to the Al Noor and Masjid Mosques because they had ‘far more invaders’.

THE UPBRINGING OF A SHOOTER:

Brenton Tarrant, 28, grew up in Grafton, a small town in northern New South Wales.

Tarrant’s father, who was a competitive athlete and completed 75 triathlons, died of cancer in 2010 aged just 49. His mother still lives in the area.

Tarrant attended a local high school and then worked as a personal trainer at the local Big River Squash and Fitness Centre from 2010.

A woman who knew Tarrant through the gym said he had always followed a strict dietary and exercise regime.

‘He was very dedicated to his own training and to training others,’ she said. ‘He threw himself into his own personal training and then qualified as a trainer and trained others. He was very good.’

‘When I say he was dedicated, he was dedicated more than most people would be.

‘He was in the gym for long periods of time, lifting heaving weights. He pretty much transformed his body.’

The woman said she had not spoken to him or heard him talk about his political or religious beliefs.

‘From the conversations we had about life he didn’t strike me as someone who had any interest in that or extremist views,’ she said.

‘But I know he’s been travelling since he left Grafton. He has been travelling overseas, anywhere and everywhere.

‘I would say it’s something in the nature of his travels, something he’s been around.

‘I know he’s been to lots of different countries trying to experience lots of different things in life and I would say something’s happened in that time in his travels.’

The manifesto reveals in chilling details his grievances, why he picked the mosque and reveals why he was inspired by Norway mass shooter Anders Behring Breivik (pictured)

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island. Pictured is a still from a live-stream of the shooting

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island. Pictured is a still from a live-stream of the shooting

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island. Pictured is a still from a live-stream of the shooting

The shooter's weapons were marked with the names of other people who have carried out attacks

The shooter's weapons were marked with the names of other people who have carried out attacks

The shooter's weapons were marked with the names of other people who have carried out attacks

The shooter's weapons were marked with the names of other people who have carried out attacks

The shooter’s weapons were marked with the names of other people who have carried out attacks

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island (Pictured)

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island (Pictured)

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island (Pictured)

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Tarrant eerily speaks in the document about how after attacking those two mosques he planned to drive to a mosque in Ashburton, an hour south of Chirstchurch.

‘I am unsure as of this time of writing whether I will reach that target, it is a bonus objective,’ he wrote. 

Explaining his plans the massacre, the shooter wrote that: ‘To most of all show the invaders that our lands will never be their lands, our homelands are our own and that, as long as a white man still lives, they will NEVER conquer our lands and they will never replace our people.

‘By the definition, then yes. It is a terrorist attack. But I believe it is a partisan action against an occupying force.’

He also revealed he did not initially plan to carry out the attack in New Zealand at all.

‘I only arrived in New Zealand to live temporarily while I planned and trained, but I soon found out that New Zealand was as target rich of an environment as anywhere else in the West,’ Tarrant wrote.

‘Secondly an attack in New Zealand would bring to attention the truth of the assault on our civilisation.’ 

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque

AOS (Armed Offenders Squad) push back members of the public following a shooting at the Al Noor mosque

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island

A man who escaped the mosque during the shooting said he saw his wife lying dead on the footpath

A man who escaped the mosque during the shooting said he saw his wife lying dead on the footpath

A man who escaped the mosque during the shooting said he saw his wife lying dead on the footpath

Witnesses inside the mosque reported seeing 15 people being shot, including children

Witnesses inside the mosque reported seeing 15 people being shot, including children

Witnesses inside the mosque reported seeing 15 people being shot, including children

He also claimed to be inspired by Candace Owens, an outspoken backer of United States president Donald Trump.

‘The person that has influenced me above all was Candace Owens, each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights.’ 

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots from his weapons including a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country’s South Island.

The gunman live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened about 1.30pm (11.30am AEDT) as Friday prayers were underway.

A video seen by Daily Mail Australia shows the man firing multiple shots at dozens of people as they try to flee.

Mohammed Jama, the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, said a man with a gun entered the Christchurch Mosque about 1.40pm local time on Friday.

A man inside the mosque at the time of the shooting said there ‘bodies all over me’.

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Witnesses inside the mosque reported seeing 15 people being shot, including children.

A man who escaped the mosque during the shooting said he saw his wife lying dead on the footpath.

‘My wife is dead,’ he said while wailing.

Shooters rampage began when he got into his car wearing military-style body armour and a helmet saying 'let's get this party started'

Shooters rampage began when he got into his car wearing military-style body armour and a helmet saying 'let's get this party started'

Shooters rampage began when he got into his car wearing military-style body armour and a helmet saying ‘let’s get this party started’

After retrieving one of at least six assault rifles stored in his car, he walked up to the front door and began firing at the first person he saw

After retrieving one of at least six assault rifles stored in his car, he walked up to the front door and began firing at the first person he saw

After retrieving one of at least six assault rifles stored in his car, he walked up to the front door and began firing at the first person he saw

Pictured: Grieving members of the public after the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Pictured: Grieving members of the public after the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Pictured: Grieving members of the public after the shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand

Witness Ahmad Al-Mahmoud described one of the shooters as being white, with blond hair and wearing a helmet and bulletproof vest.

‘The guy was wearing like an army [suit]. He had a big gun and lots of bullets. He came through and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere,’ Ahmad Al-Mahmoud told Stuff.

‘They had to smash the door – the glass from the window and the door – to get everyone out.

‘We were trying to get everyone to run away from this area. I ran away from the car park, jumping through the back [yard] of houses.’

Al-Mahmoud said the man was ‘wearing a helmet’ and must have fired ‘hundreds’ of gunshots.    

Another witness said he ran behind the mosque to call the police after hearing the gun go off. 

‘I heard the sound of the gun. And the second one I heard, I ran. Lots of people were sitting on the floor. I ran behind the mosque, rang the police. 

‘I saw one gun on the floor. Lots of people died and injured.’  

WHAT DO WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT THE CHRISTCHURCH TERROR ATTACK?

Multiple people have been shot at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

A shooting has also happened at Christchurch Hospital.

Armed police are in attendance at all three locations.

One of the gunmen is believed to have live-streamed the mass shooting inside the Al Noor Mosque, which happened about 1.30pm as Friday prayers were underway.

He has been identified as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian. 

The Bangladesh cricket team were inside the Al Noor Mosque at the time of the shooting. 

Another shooting has reportedly taken place at nearby Linwood Mosque.

Gunmen reportedly opened fire across the city on Friday afternoon. 

At least 30 people have reportedly been killed.

Several bombs were found attached to vehicles across Christchurch.