Christchurch Attacks Could Impact Counterterrorism Strategy

| Nick Fishwick
Nick Fishwick
Former Senior Member of the British Foreign Office

At least 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded in Friday’s Christchurch attacks.  New Zealand authorities worked through the weekend to identify the victims as quickly as possible in order to allow for them to be buried in accordance with Muslim tradition.

The suspect in the shootings, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been charged with murder.

Cipher Brief Expert Nick Fishwick, who is a former senior member of the British Foreign Office, considers the impact that the attack could have on New Zealand’s strategies to combat terrorism.

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The Author is Nick Fishwick

Nick Fishwick CMG retired in 2012 after nearly thirty years in the British Foreign Service. He did postings in Lagos, Istanbul and Kabul. His responsibilities in London included director of security and, after returning from Afghanistan in 2007, director for counter-terrorism. His final role was as director general for international operations. Nick Fishwick also spent three years on a secondment to UK Customs, specialising in international drug enforcement and tax evasion issues.

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