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A police line holds back white supremacist during a white power rally in downtown Calgary on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Police kept them apart from another group holding an anti-racist demonstration nearby. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A study conducted by the New America Foundation has revealed that white Americans are the biggest terror threat in the US, killing more people in attacks than Muslims or any other group in the last 14 years.

Post 9/11, out of the 26 attacks on US soil defined as terror by the foundation, 19 attacks were carried out by non-Muslims.

Compared to 26 people killed by jihadists since 9/11, 48 people have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim. These include right-wingers, anti-government organizations and white-supremacist groups.

Included in the count was last week’s Charleston shooting — whose shooter confessed to holding white-supremacist ideology —as the reason behind the massacre.

Attacks such as those in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut, were not included since they did not appear to have been caused by a specific ideology, the standard used by New America Foundation to qualify terrorism.

The New York Times reported that post-9/11 trauma has made jihadi terror attacks more prominent in the media, but that the US law enforcement is well aware of the danger of white extremist groups.

According to a recent survey of 382 US police departments done by researchers at the University of North Carolina and Duke University, 74 per cent listed anti-government violence, while just 39 per cent said “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence.

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Man Accused in Christchurch Mosque Shootings Charged with Terrorism

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind

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Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. (Suspect's face blurred at source) VOA

Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques back in March with terrorism.

The single charge filed Tuesday against Australian Brenton Tarrant is the first of its kind under New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act, which was passed in 2002 in the wake of the al-Qaida-led terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. the previous year. Prosecutors have also charged him with an additional count of murder over a worshipper who died in the hospital earlier this month, along with two additional counts of attempted murder, bringing that number to 40.

Up to 200 family members of the victims and survivors of the attack were informed of the new charges at a private meeting with police.

The 28-year-old Tarrant live-streamed the March 15 shootings at the al-Noor and Linwood mosques on Facebook from a head-mounted camera.

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Authorities in New Zealand have charged the self-avowed white supremacist who killed 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques. Flickr

He is currently being held at a maximum security prison where he was ordered to undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial. His next court date is June 14.

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The 28-year-old Tarrant e-mailed a lengthy white nationalist manifesto to more than 30 recipients just minutes before the attacks – including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern – in which he allegedly denounced Muslims and called immigrants “invaders.” (VOA)