Suspected terrorist in New Zealand mosque attacks visited Israel in 2016

According to Israeli officials, in the year 2016, Brenton Tarrant, the main suspect in New Zealand’s mosque attacks visited the country.

By Sohaila Barghash

An official with Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority announced that Brenton Tarrant, the alleged perpetrator of the Christchurch mosques massacre, visited Israel using a tourist visa on October 25, 2016, and stayed for 9 days.

The official added there were no further details on the purpose of 28-year-old Tarrant’s visit.

The Australian embassy and New Zealand consulate in Israel did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Furthermore, by the end of 2016, Tarrant visited Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia, where he stopped by historic battle sites, before heading to Western Europe in 2017.

Additionally, he returned to the Balkans in November 2018 in order to visit historic sites of Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary.

Tarrant is currently being investigated with charges of murdering 50 people in New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting.

It is still unclear why Tarrant visited Israel, however, his trips to countries mostly dominated by white societies fall along his apparent radical views.

Arriving as part of a trip in the region that also included Turkey, did not raise suspension around him, yet the Israeli security services have decided to investigate what Tarrant did during his visit to Israel and who he interacted with before further details are released.

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