Incident Summary:

03/15/2019: An assailant opened fire on Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand. This was one of two related attacks targeting mosques in Christchurch on this day. At least 51 people were killed and 50 others were injured across the two attacks. Brenton Tarrant claimed responsibility for the incident and stated in his manifesto "We must ensure the existence of our people, and a future for white children." Moreover, he also stated that the attack was carried out in retaliation for attacks perpetrated by Muslim extremists.



New Zealand

Australasia & Oceania

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al Noor Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target New Zealand
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
Two modified semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns, and a lever-action firearm were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included civilians from Australia, Pakistan, Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers represent a division of the total number of those killed and wounded across incidents 201903150001 and 201903150002.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 43 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 43
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"New Zealand mosque shooting: 'Shots fired' at Christchurch mosque," BBC, March 15, 2019.
"New Zealand ‘shooter’ sent manifesto to officials and media before attack," New York Post, March 16, 2019.
"Xinhua: New Zealand PM Says Terror Suspect Used Modified Weapons In Mosque Attacks," Xinhua, March 16, 2019.