New Zealand mosque shooting: Gunman called Turkish president Erdogan a 'warlord' who 'must bleed his last' in his manifesto
The chilling manifesto that went online hours before the massacre at Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosque mentioned the names of three political figures, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Erdogan.
The alleged gunman from Friday's Christchurch shootings, 28-year-old Australian national Brenton Tarrant mentioned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in his 73-page long manifesto, where he called for the president to be killed.
The chilling manifesto that went online hours before the massacre at Masjid Al Noor and Linwood Masjid Mosque mentioned the names of three political figures, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Erdogan under the 'Kill High Profile Enemies' section of the document.
Writing about them in his manifesto under the section "Kill High Profile Enemies", Tarrant wrote, "Erdogan, the leader of one of the oldest enemies of our people, and the leader of the largest islamic group within Europe. This warlord must bleed his last, whilst he visits his ethnic soldiers currently occupying Europe," he said.
"His death will also drive a wedge between the Turk invaders currently occupying our lands and the ethnic European people whilst simultaneously weakening Turkeys hold on the region, removing a prime enemy of Russia and destabilizing and fracturing NATO."
The Turkish President has not responded to the mention specifically but has condemned the attacks. "I strongly condemn the terror attack against the Al Noor Mosque in #NewZealand and Muslim worshippers. May Allah have mercy on the victims and grant a speedy recovery to the wounded," he wrote on Twitter. "On behalf of my country, I offer my condolences to the Islamic world and the people of New Zealand, who have been targeted by this deplorable act - the latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia," he added.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan also took to Twitter to say:
When the flames of hatred are fanned, when people are demonised because of their faith, when we play on people's fears rather than addressing them, the consequences are deadly, as we have seen so sadly today.pic.twitter.com/2OZtYYCg0O— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 15, 2019
The manifesto was part of the mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers which killed 49 people on what the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called "one of New Zealand's darkest days,". Police have detained four people and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded. "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," Ardern said.