Erdogan says New Zealand suspect targeted Turkey

Erdogan says New Zealand suspect targeted Turkey

Erdogan says New Zealand suspect targeted Turkey

Police attempt to move people away from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. "This isn't an individual act, this is organized", he said, without elaborating.

Last Friday, New Zealand was rocked by two consecutive terrorist mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. He streamed the attack online, and before the attack, published a 37-page manifesto, in which he called his actions a terrorist attack.

"You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople", he added, referring to the city's name under its Christian Byzantine rulers before it was conquered by Muslim Ottomans in 1453.

He has said the gunman issued threats against Turkey and the president himself, and wanted to drive Turks from Turkey's northwestern, European region.

Erdogan has long cast himself as a champion of Muslims living in the West, condemning anti-Muslim racism in Europe while portraying many of Turkey's squabbles with Western nations as the result of prejudice. "Turkish people will always live on these lands, they will not allow Istanbul to be turned into Constantinople", he said while speaking in the northwestern city of Canakkale which marked the 104th anniversary of the Turkish troops' victory over the Entente powers (Britain and France) in the Dardanelles Campaign during World War I.

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Recep Tayip Erdogan on Monday said he would send home "in caskets" anyone who tried to commit such an attack in his country, using the footage to warn against rising Islamophobia, according to The Guardian.

Fuat Oktay's remarks came during his meeting with Winston Peters, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of New Zealand.

Turkish relations with New Zealand have generally been good, strengthened by Gallipoli commemorations which emphasize shared sacrifices in battle as much as the confrontation itself.

Three Turkish citizens were wounded.

Tarrant visited Turkey at least twice in the past few years, Turkish officials said. Turkish authorities have begun investigating everything from hotel records to camera footage to try to ascertain the reason for his visits, the source said.

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