Homes linked to Christchurch gunmen searched

2019-03-18 at 10:47

Australian counter-terrorism police today searched two homes linked to the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week.

Police said the homes were in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the alleged shooter, grew up.

They said Tarrant’s family “continues to assist police with their inquiries” but that there is no information to suggest “a current or impending threat” to the community.

Tarrant, a suspected white supremacist, spent his youth in Grafton but has travelled abroad extensively over the past decade and had lived in recent years in Dunedin, New Zealand.

He has been charged with murder in the country after the mass shooting on Friday which left 50 dead and 50 injured in two mosques.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said that Tarrant had spent only 45 days in Australia over the past three years and was not on any terror watch lists.