New Zealand shooter visited Greece twice

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The shooter who staged the terrorist attack in Christchurch New Zealand, twice visited Greece, during the second trip he was in the country for 15 days, according to Greek television channels Alpha and Skai.

Brenton Tarrant who attacked two mosques in Christchurch, in addition to Turkey and Bulgaria, in 2016 was in Greece. In early 2016, the Australian arrived from Cairo in Athens and then headed to Bucharest. From there, he returned to Cairo via Athens.

Tarrant’s second trip to Greece, according to Interpol, was in March 2016, and he stayed in Greece for about 15 days.

“Since Friday, the authorities of Greece are looking for traces of his stay in Greece. They made sure that he arrived at Venizelos airport and are looking for what other city he was staying at,” reports Alpha.

Authorities believe that he may have traveled to some Greek city by bus. He also made a big trip across the Balkans by bus.

The attention of the authorities was attracted by two words on the killer’s rifle, Turkofag and Lepanto (the name of the city was Nafpaktos, where the famous battle of Lepanto took place in 1571), the television channel reported.

In two mosques of Christchurch (South Island) on March 15, 49 people were killed as a result of the shooting. Prime Minister of New Zealand called the incident a terrorist attack. Three suspects of involvement in the attack were detained, among them an Australian citizen. Brenton Tarrant, who is 28 years old, charged with murder.

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