Policy Brief

Christchurch Terror Attack, Brenton Tarrant’s Manifesto and the New Face of Terrorism

The terror attack carried out by Brenton Tarrant in New Zealand on March 15 has claimed the lives of 49 Muslims as of the time of writing at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Avenue Mosque in Christchurch. Following the attack, New Zealand police also found two Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) in a nearby vehicle and taken three men and a woman into custody which could result in the revelation of a bigger cell-type structure other than an individual terror attack by Tarrant. 
Tarrant’s manifesto uploaded online clearly shows that the attack is an extreme right-wing one with a quite explicit Islamophobic fervour. His manifesto and the way he carried out the attack remind the terror attack carried out by Andres Behring Breivik in Norway in 2011 and his “2083- A European Declaration of Independence”. This piece will discuss, some key points from Tarrant’s manifesto as well as how he used technology to follow the famous “propaganda by deed” strategy and what his attack tells us about different forms of terrorism and the link between them