Brenton Tarrant, the Australian-born attacker who killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, travelled extensively around the globe, together with India the place he spent practically three months, earlier than shifting to New Zealand to hold out the nation’s worst bloodbath in 2019, in keeping with an in depth report into the shootings launched on Tuesday.
Five Indians have been amongst these killed within the terror assault on March 15 final yr that additionally left dozens of others wounded and had shaken New Zealand, considered one of the crucial peaceable international locations on the earth.
The 792-page Royal Commission of Inquiry report notes that after leaving faculty, the 30-year-old attacker labored as a private coach at a neighborhood health club till 2012 when he suffered an harm.
“He never again worked in paid employment. Instead, he lived off the money that he had received from his father and income from investments made with it… With the money from his father, the individual travelled extensively. First, in 2013, he explored New Zealand and Australia and then between 2014 and 2017 he travelled extensively around the world,” it stated.
Between April 15, 2014, and August 17, 2017, the person travelled extensively and all the time alone, apart from his journey to North Korea as a part of a tour group.
“The longest visit the individual made to any one country was to India where he stayed between November 21, 2015, and February 18, 2016. The countries that he visited for periods of about a month or more included China, Japan, Russia, South Korea among others,” stated the report that took about 18 months to compile.
The inquiry report didn’t present particulars of what Tarrant was doing in India throughout his practically three-month keep in India.
However, The New Zealand Herald reported that there was no proof that he met with extremist teams whereas oversees, investigated potential targets, or carried out any coaching, in a report.
The inquiry didn’t consider that the journey fuelled his racist views to any nice extent, slightly concluding: “Put simply, he travelled widely because he could and had nothing better to do.” it stated.
But he did go to right-wing web boards, subscribe to right-wing YouTube channels, and “read a great deal about immigration, far right political theories and historical struggles between Christianity and Islam”, it added.
About the attacker’s upbringing in Australia, the Royal Commission of Inquiry report notes that it was marked by quite a lot of stressors, together with his mother and father’ separation and his mom’s subsequent relationship with an abusive companion.
He expressed “racist ideas” from an early age and was additionally an avid web consumer, it stated.
“In February 2017, he booked flights to New Zealand to arrive in Auckland on August 17, 2017, and then on to Dunedin on August 20, 2017. We see these activities as the first manifestations of his terrorist intent,” stated the report that particulars the intensive world travels of Tarrant.
“We are satisfied that by January 2017 the individual had a terrorist attack in mind. We are also satisfied that when the individual came to live in New Zealand on 17 August 2017, it was with a fully-developed terrorist ideology based on his adoption of the Great Replacement theory and his associated beliefs that immigration, particularly by Muslim migrants, into Western countries is an existential threat to Western society and that the appropriate response (at least for him) was violence,” it stated.
In a 74-page manifesto the attacker had posted on-line, he described himself as a white supremacist who was out to avenge assaults in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.
Tarrant was sentenced in August to life in jail with out the potential of parole after pleading responsible to 92 counts of terrorism, homicide and tried homicide.
The report comprises interviews with lots of of individuals together with safety companies, Muslim group leaders, worldwide specialists and officers in England, Norway and Australia, together with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who was praised globally for her compassionate response to the assault.
The prime minister swiftly banned the sale of the high-capacity semi-automatic weapons used within the assault at two mosques within the South Island metropolis and launched a worldwide motion towards on-line extremism.