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The New Zeeland shooter who killed at least 49 people in March 2019. Photo is a screen shot from the live video the shooter broadcasted on Facebook during the deed.
15 Mar 2019

The deadliest mass shootings and terrorist acts in recent years

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This week´s lethal mass shooting against mosques in New Zeeland is the latest in the line of terrorist acts and mass shootings in the world, often with extremist motives. Here are some of the most serious in recent years.

Cover Photo: The New Zeeland shooter who killed at least 49 people in March 2019. Photo is a screen shot from the live video the shooter broadcasted on Facebook during the deed. Read more about the shooting in Christchurch, New Zeeland, at the end of this article.

January 2015, Paris:
Two masked people enter the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris with automatic weapons. 12 people were killed, and 11 were injured. The police was engaged in a hostage frame outside Paris, where the two suspects were killed. In parallel with this drama, a man took people as hostages in a store, and demanded that the perpetrators be released. Four out of the hostages and the perpetrator were killed.

February 2015, Copenhagen:
A man fired 28 shots at a cultural center in Copenhagen where the controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks was located. One person was killed. During the night, a man shot a guard outside a synagogue. Early in the morning, the perpetrator was shot dead by police.

June 2015, Charleston, USA
A 21-year-old killed nine black people as they were engaging in Bible studies at a Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

November 2015, Paris:
A series of coordinated terrorist acts were being conducted in Paris. A soccer match in Saint-Denis, the Bataclan concert hall and several restaurants were attacked by suicide bombers and armed men during the night. A total of 130 people were killed.

March 2016, Brussels:
Bombs detonate at Brussels international airport Zaventem. An hour later, an explosion takes place on a train at the metro station Maalbeek, which is right next to the EU Commission headquarters. Over 30 people were killed and about 300 injured in the two suicide attacks. The extremist group The Islamic State (IS) assumed responsibility for the attacks. 

June 2016, Turkey:
Three perpetrators open fire on passengers at Istanbul Atatürk Airport and then trigger explosives. At least 47 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

June 2016, USA:
49 people were killed in an attack on a gay club in Orlando, Florida. This was the deadliest single mass shooting in US history. The perpetrator, who called himself "The Muslim Soldier", was shot dead by the police.

July 2016, Nice:
Over 80 people were killed when a truck drove into a crowd during the National Day celebration in Nice. The driver was shot to death by the police.

July 2016, Munich:
An 18-year-old man killed nine people in a shopping center in Munich, Germany. The 18-year-old, a German Iranian who was born and raised in Munich, shot himself near the assassination site.

December 2016, Berlin:
A truck drove into a crowd at a Christmas market at Kurfürstendamm in west Berlin. At least twelve people died and nearly 50 injured. IS claimed through one of its propaganda organizations that "an IS soldier" was inspired to carry out the deed.

January 2017, Canada:
Six people were shot dead at an attack in a mosque in Canadian Quebec. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attack a terrorist act.

March 2017, London:
Five people were killed and over 50 are injured when a man drove into a large crowd of people at Westminster Bridge in London.

April 2017, St. Petersburg:
13 people were killed when a bomb exploded in the subway in St. Petersburg in Russia. The suicide bomber was pointed out as a Russian citizen born in Kyrgyzstan.

April 2017, Stockholm:
A man drives into a crowd people on Drottninggatan in central Stockholm and then crashes into the department store Åhléns. Five people were killed and ten were injured.

May 2017, Manchester:
22 people, including several children, were killed in connection with a suicide attack at pop star Ariana Grande´s concert in Manchester. IS assumed responsibility for the deed.

June 2017, London:
Eight people were killed and 50 were injured when three perpetrators drove into a crowd of people on the London bridge with a van and then attacked people with knives at the Borough Market.

August 2017, Barcelona:
A white van drove into a crowd of people on the popular tourist street La Rambla. At least fourteen people were killed and 130 injured in what became Europe's ninth terrorist attack in 2017.

November 2017, Las Vegas, USA:
An shooter kills 58 people as he opens fire from a hotel window during a music festival in Las Vegas. He then took his own life.

In the small community of Sutherland Springs, Texas, 26 people were killed when a person opens fire during a Sunday service.

October 2018, Pittsburg, USA:
Eleven people were shot dead in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, USA.

November 2018, USA:
Twelve people were shot dead when a man suddenly opens fire in a South California bar in the United States.

January 2019, Kenya:
21 people were killed in a terrorist attack at a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. The Islamist terrorist group al-Shabaab says it was behind the attack.


March 14, Christchurch, New Zeeland:

At least 49 people died in terrorist attacks against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Bombs were also found.

On Friday afternoon, local time, two mosques were attacked in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand by armed offenders.

At least 49 people were killed in the attacks and about as many have been hospitalized. Several people are seriously injured.

Several hundred people were n in the mosques for the Friday prayer, when the perpetrator opened fire in the afternoon.

In the morning, it was said that four arrests were made, but that one is considered to be the main suspect: A 28-year-old man from Australia, who broadcasted the the attacks live on Facebook and released a manifesto before the shootings.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison states that one of those arrested is an Australian citizen.

The police also confirm that improvised explosive charges have been found in cars, bombs which they say have now been neutralized.

Cover Photo: (Above) The suspected New Zeeland shooter who killed at least 49 people in March 2019. The photo is a screen shot from the live video he broadcasted on Facebook during the deed.