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The Christchurch killer pleads guilty to 51 murders

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The Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. / DR

The Australian man behind the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand has changed his plea, admitting to all charges against him in a Thursday court appearance, The Guardian reports.

After he pleaded not guilty throughout his trial, the former gym instructor who opened fire on worshipers in two Christchurch mosques said that he is guilty of murdering 51 people and injuring 40 others.

The man did not attend the hearing but changed his plea in a video he recorded in his prison cell. Responding to his plea, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said «the guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15».

On March 15, the same man killed 51 Muslim worshipers who gathered in two mosques for Friday prayers. The terrorist attack was livestreamed on social media and was one of New Zealand’s deadliest terror attacks.

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