His fury grew, he wrote, as he observed the 2017 French elections. In the document he published, he lashed out against immigration to France in particular, claiming there were so many immigrants “the french people were often in a minority themselves”.
He also mentions visits to Iceland, Poland, New Zealand, Argentina and Ukraine. Bulgarian officials confirmed on Friday that Tarrant had travelled there in November 2018, flying into the capital of Sofia by way of Dubai and later driving to Hungary. Bulgaria’s chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said Tarrant spent around a week in the Balkan nation and that prosecutors are now probing whether he visited as a tourist “or if he had other objectives”.
Bulgarian officials also said he travelled through Bosnia, Montengreo, Croatia, and Serbia in December 2016. In the live-stream of the attack on Friday, a Serb nationalist song could be heard playing through his car speakers.
On Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the suspect had traveled internationally, including trips to New Zealand.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said that Bulgaria expressed its “deepest condolences and do not want Bulgaria, which is an ethnically tolerant country, to be associated in any way with this horrible and unjustifiable act”, according to Bulgarian news agency BTA.
A senior Turkish official told CNN that he also travelled to Turkey more than once. He “spent an extended period of time in the country”, the official told CNN. A Turkish official told the AP that they are investigating “the suspect’s movements and contacts within the country”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is one of the high-profile targets Tarrant mentions in his manifesto, in addition to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Photos published in news outlets show him posing in front of the Samjiyon Grand Monument on a trip to North Korea. The New York Times reported that a man with Tarrant’s name visited Pakistan in October.
A hotel manager in Pakistan said he was “nature-loving”, and a different hotel owner said he stayed with a group of backpackers for a few nights. “He was normal and polite during his stay,” Syed Israr Hussain, who owns Osho Thang hotel, told The Times. “There was nothing out of the ordinary.”