New Zealand Mosque ShootingsFILE – In this Saturday, March 16, 2019, file photo, Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch mosque shootings, appears in the Christchurch District Court, in Christchurch, New Zealand. One year after killing 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques, Tarrant, an Australian white supremacist accused of the slaughter on Thursday, March 26, 2020, changed his plea to guilty. (Mark Mitchell/Pool Photo via AP, File)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand’s modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday.
The attacks targeting people praying at the mosques a year ago shocked the nation and prompted new laws banning