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NZ gunman wrote 'Indian invaders' in his 'manifesto'

IANS  |  Christchurch 

Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old main suspect in the terror attack in that claimed 49 lives, had apparently an aversion for immigrants, including from India, according to a "manifesto" received by the there.

The manifesto from the gunman, the said on Saturday, was received -- along with about 70 other recipients -- barely 10 minutes before the attacks began at the two mosques on Friday.

Denouncing immigrants, the manifesto dubs them as "invaders", and talks about an invasion from India, along with and Tarrant also describes these as "potential nation enemies in the East".

Other politicians on the mailing list included and Trevor Mallard, The Herald reported.

Most of the other recipients in the email were the media, both domestic and international, a for Prime Minister said. He added that the gunman did not say in the email that "this is what I am about to do" so "there was no opportunity to stop it".

"It does not set out what he was about to do. It was written as if it had occurred, to explain what obviously was about to play out," an said.

The email had gone to Ardern's generic address. The said that it was an email account managed by Ardern's office and not her personal one.

According to the report, the person in the who opened the email followed standard procedure and referred it to Parliamentary security. Security then referred it to the police.



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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 22:50 IST