Brenton Tarrant, the primary accused in the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen during his sentencing at the High Court in Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: Reuters

MOSCOW: The Christchurch shooter who in 2019 killed 51 people in attacks on two New Zealand mosques, Brenton Tarrant, has been sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reported according to the New Zealand Herald newspaper.

According to the newspaper citing a court ruling, this was the first time in the country’s history that such a sentence was imposed.

On March 15, 2019, New Zealand was rocked by two mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in the central city of Christchurch.

The tragedy left 51 people dead and 50 others wounded.

The attacker, then a 28-year-old Australia native, live-streamed the massacre on Facebook, and the video later appeared on other online platforms. – Bernama