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NZ shooting suspect visited Pakistan, Turkey in recent years

IANS  |  Christchurch 

The Australian man facing murder charges in the terrorist shootings at two mosques that left 50 dead was a frequent traveler who visited Pakistan, and Bulgaria, among other countries in recent years.

Tarrant had traveled to multiple times and "spent an extended period of time in the country," quoted a senior Turkish on Saturday.

He also recently traveled to Bulgaria, and Hungary, Bulgarian told journalists, according to state news agency In 2016, Tarrant visited and Serbia, Tsatsarov said.

Tarrant is also believed to have spent time in northern Speaking to on Saturday, the owner of the in Nagar, in Pakistan's northernmost Gilgit-Baltistan region, said Tarrant had visited his hotel in October 2018.

The hotel owner, who did not want to be named for security reasons, described Tarrant as a "regular tourist."

"All I remember was that he was a fan of He would leave the hotel in the morning and would come back in the evening," he said.

Shortly before the shooting began, an 87-page manifesto was posted on under the name of The document was riddled with sarcasm, apparent red herrings and allusions to online meme culture, suggesting an of nationalist hatred.



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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 17:58 IST