Oldham man arrested for social media comments supporting New Zealand mosque attack

Postado Março 17, 2019

A man has been detained by British police for a social media post that allegedly supported the terror attack that killed nearly 50 people in two mosques in New Zealand.

The 24-year-old fromOldham was arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications on Saturday afternoon, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said.

At least 49 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

The man suspected of carrying out and livestreaming the attacks, Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in court in Christchurch on Saturday charged with one count of murder and was remanded until 5 April. The arrest came as The Sunday Times was shown a secret Cabinet Office assessment that says the far right now poses a greater threat than Islamist terrorism in some parts of Britain.

A GMP spokesman said: "This is a very hard time for people".

GMP said where "people cross the line, we will take robust action, which may include arrest and prosecution".

"Many people are in deep shock and are anxious. It is at times like this that, as a community, we stand together".