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Man accused of murder in New Zealand shootings also charged with terrorist act

The charge, which came under the country’s terrorism suppression legislation, was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said in a statement.

FILE: Journalists (C) wait as armed police officers (R) stand guard outside the Christchurch District Court in Christchurch on 5 April 2019 as alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant, accused of shooting dead 50 Muslims during the 15 March attack on two mosques, appeared for his hearing. Picture: AFP

WELLINGTON - New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were charging the man accused of murder in shootings at two Christchurch mosques in March with engaging in a terrorist act.

The charge, which came under the country’s terrorism suppression legislation, was filed against Brenton Tarrant, police said in a statement.

The man, a suspected white supremacist, faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder. He is next due to appear in court in June.