Look Back 2019: Mass murder sparks social media change

While terror groups like ISIS faced mixed fortunes in 2019, deadly terrorist attacks at places of worship in New Zealand and Sri Lanka shocked the world

Al Noor Mosque (left) was one of two places in Christchurch targeted by a white supremacist gunman who killed 51 people and injured dozens on March 15. In the wake of the shooting, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (above) met members of the
Al Noor Mosque was one of two places in Christchurch targeted by a white supremacist gunman who killed 51 people and injured dozens on March 15.PHOTO: REUTERS
Al Noor Mosque (left) was one of two places in Christchurch targeted by a white supremacist gunman who killed 51 people and injured dozens on March 15. In the wake of the shooting, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (above) met members of the
In the wake of the shooting, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (above) met members of the Muslim community.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

A white supremacist gunman went on a rampage at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on March 15, killing 51 people and injuring dozens.

Worshippers were mowed down by semi-automatic weapons and shotgun blasts at close range as the shooter, Brenton Tarrant, targeted the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of Riccarton at 1.40pm before going on to stage another massacre at the Linwood Islamic Centre at about 1.55pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 27, 2019, with the headline 'TERRORISM: Mass murder sparks social media changes'. Subscribe