Spanish police probe claims New Zealand mosque attack suspect stayed in Andalucia

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STAY CLAIM: Spanish police believe Tarrant (inset) may have stayed in Jerez de la Frontera. Photo credits: Shutterstock (main), Twitter (inset)


NATIONAL POLICE officers in Spain have launched an investigation into claims that the suspect in an attack on a New Zealand mosque spent a night in Andalucia.

Officers launched a probe into claims that Brenton Tarrant spent one night in Cadiz Province’s Jerez de la Frontera in February 2018 following local radio reports.

It comes as New Zealand police investigations found Tarrant travelled in Spain, Portugal and France in 2017 while being radicalised by white supremacist ideology.

Tarrant has since been charged in connection with the gun attack at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on Friday.

A total of 50 people were killed and a further 50 were wounded during what is the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

Tarrant, 29 from Australia, wrote a 73-page manifesto which referenced far-right conspiracy theories including claims non-whites were “invading” New Zealand and replacing its current population. It also expressed nationalist sentiments and said the attacks were “revenge” against Islam.

The case continues. 

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