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New Zealand inquiry into Christchurch attacks to report back by end of year

New Zealand inquiry into Christchurch attacks to report back by end of year
FILE PHOTO: People visit a memorial site for victims of Friday's shooting, in front of Christchurch Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, New Zealand March 19, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva   -   Copyright  JORGE SILVA(Reuters)
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WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Royal Commission inquiry into deadly shooting attacks on two Christchurch mosques would report back to the government by December 10, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

The inquiry would look into the suspected gunman’s activities, use of social media and international connections, as well as whether there was “inappropriate” priority setting in state counter terrorism resources, Ardern said in a statement.

A suspected white supremacist has been charged with 50 counts of murder over the Christchurch shootings on March 15 and will next appear in court in June. Ardern has said the man had not been on any watch lists in New Zealand or Australia.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield and Praveen Menon; Editing by Michael Perry)

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