Christchurch terror attack death toll rises as another victim dies from his injuries
Christchurch terror attack death toll rises as another victim dies from his injuries

Christchurch massacre death toll rises

A TURKISH man wounded in the attack on mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch has died in hospital, raising the death toll from the shootings to 51.

Turkey's government overnight announced citizen Zekeriya Tuyan had died from the wounds he sustained in the March 15 terror attacks that killed 50 and injured 50 more.

New Zealand police separately confirmed a 46-year-old man who had been in critical condition in Christchurch's public hospital since the shootings had died.

He had been injured at the Al Noor mosque, the first of two sites attacked on the day, they said.

A policeman outside the Al Noor mosque where Zekeriya Tuyan was fatally wounded. Picture: Vincent Yu
A policeman outside the Al Noor mosque where Zekeriya Tuyan was fatally wounded. Picture: Vincent Yu

Tuyan's brother told Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency Tuyan had been taken to surgery on Thursday, but he could not be saved.

"He had surgery today, they couldn't stop the bleeding, so we lost him. We were happy because we thought it was going well. He had been battling for 50 days," he said, according to Anadolu.

New Zealand media earlier reported Tuyan's parents had flown in from Turkey to help care for him, and he's understood to have been the last victim recovering in Christchurch Hospital.

Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, faces 50 counts of murder and 38 of attempted murder over the shootings.

He is due to appear again in court next month.

Police on Friday declined to comment if further charges were pending.


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