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18th March, 2019

New Zealand terrorist visited Hungary

The Counter-Terrorist Centre announced on Saturday that it is co-operating with partner services of other countries in investigating Brenton Tarrant, perpetrator of the terrorist act in New Zealand on Friday, who lived and travelled in this region in recent years.

Tarrant shot and killed at least 49 people in an attack on two mosques in Christchurch.

He had written on his guns the names of historic figures who fought against Ottoman rule in the Balkans. One weapon featured the name of János Hunyadi, who fought against Ottoman rule in the 15th century, and another the name of Mihály Szilágyi, an uncle of Hunyadi, and a governor of Hungary.

A security policy expert, József Horváth, told state news channel M1 on Saturday that Tarrant visited Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary last year.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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