More details about the shooting suspect's travels throughout Europe are emerging.
28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, who appeared in court Saturday, visited Bulgaria between November 9 and 15 of last year, Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov told journalists on Friday, according to state news agency BTA.
Tarrant arrived in Sofia on a flight from Dubai, rented a car the next day and toured cities connected with Bulgarian history, Tsatsarov said according to BTA. He added that the New Zealand attack suspect had a very good knowledge of the region’s history.
“Our task is to collect information about Brenton Tarrant's whole visit to Bulgaria and whether he has any ties with Bulgarians,” Tsatsarov said according to BTA. “According to the preliminary information, the Australian had a tourist visa”.
Tsatsarov also told journalists that after leaving Bulgaria, Tarrant went to Romania, traveling from there to Hungary by car.
Turkish officials also told CNN on Saturday that the suspect had spent an extended period of time in Turkey.