Erdogan condemned the attack, saying it illustrated the growing hostility towards Islam [File: Umit Bektas/Reuters]

Ankara has opened an inquiry after it emerged that the man alleged to be the New Zealand mosque attacker made several visits to Turkey, an official said on Friday.

A right-wing supporter armed with semiautomatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers on Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more. 

A visitor believed to be a 28-year-old Australian – who has been arrested and charged with murder in New Zealand – “visited Turkey several times and stayed for a long period in the country”, the Turkish official said without giving dates.

“We think that the suspect could have been to other countries (from Turkey)

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