Several hundred protesters gather outside Istanbul's Hagia Sophia to denounce the deadly attacks on two mosques in New Zealand on March 16, 2019 in Istanbul. / AFP / Yasin AKGUL
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The white supremacist suspected in the mosque shootings that left at least 50 people dead in New Zealand had traveled to the Balkans in the past three years, where he toured historic sites and apparently studied battles between Christians and the Ottoman empire. Authorities in Bulgaria, Turkey and Croatia have confirmed that Brenton Tarrant, 28, had been to their countries in 2016-2018 .Hungarian counterterrorism authorities also suggested that Tarrant had visited but revealed no other information, and local media in Bosnia reported a 2017 trip there.Tarrant's soundtrack as he drove to the Christchurch mosque included a nationalist Serb song from the 1992-95 Bosnian War that tore apart Yugoslavia.news portal reported that Tarrant arrived in that country from Montenegro in early January 2017 .State broadcaster TRT said Tarrant visited Turkey twice in 2016 -- on March 17-20 and from Sept. 13 to Oct. 25 .In Bosnia, many residents said the massacre in New Zealand and Tarrant's mention of Karadzic, who has been convicted of genocide, have brought back their own horrific memories of the Bosnian War that killed more than 100,000 people.
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