Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 'visited' Britain during 'radicalisation tour'

New Zealand terrorist who killed 50 'visited' Britain during 'radicalisation tour'

Four people in total were taken into custody in the aftermath of the attacks.

Handcuffed, shoeless Tarrant appeared in a Christchurch District Court on Saturday and was charged with murder.

He reportedly started to travel about 2011 after the death of his father, heading to Turkey and Pakistan, as well as the Balkans.

Turkey has also confirmed it is looking at the man's visits to that country, and Bulgarian authorities said he had visited Bulgaria a year ago.

New Zealand's prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has already foreshadowed a review of what was known - or should have been known - about the behaviour of Brenton Tarrant.

Tarrant's 74-page manifesto said he first began considering an attack in April and May of 2017 while travelling in France and elsewhere in Western Europe.

The grandmother of the man allegedly responsible for the twin Christchurch mosque terror attacks that have killed 50 has spoken to 9News of her disbelief and devastation.

Ardern says Tarrant was not on the radar of either the New Zealand intelligence agencies or the Australian agencies.

Tarrant is also believed to have travelled to North Korea, India and Japan.

White nationalist terrorism is such a threat to western democracies that a global war is necessary, Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey explained on Saturday.

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