The merciless weapons of Brenton Tarrant were polluted with references from the past, glorified by fascists from across the world. Here are some of the references on the guns and ammunition, an indication of how deep the hate really is.

At least two rifles used in the shooting bore references to Ebba Akerlund, an 11-year-old girl killed in an April 2017 truck-ramming attack in Stockholm by Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old Uzbek man.

Alexandre Bissonnette — the name of the terrorist who murdered six people at a mosque in Quebec, Canada in 2017.

Luca Traini is the Italian extremist who shot and wounded six African migrants last year.

Tarrant also painted in white the words ‘For Rotherham’ – an apparent reference to the paedophile ring run by British-Pakistani men

Sebastiano Venier, a Venetian who defeated an army of Turks in 1571.

Some words have been written in the Georgian alphabet, including the name of the country’s King David IV, who beat Turkish invaders in the 11th century.

He also used the symbol of the Schwarze Sonne, or black sun, another sign linked to far-right groups.

“kebab remover” is often used by far-right chat groups.

“14” is a reference to the 14 Words, a white supremacist slogan derived from Hitler’s book Mein Kampf.

White supremacist symbol seen at far-right US rallies on his backpack.

Four names of Serbs who fought against the 500-year-rule of the Muslim Ottomans in the Balkans, written in the Cyrillic alphabet, are also seen on the gunman’s rifles.

The name Charles Martel, who white supremacists are said to credit with saving Europe from invading Muslims in 734, was also on the weapons.

They also have the inscription “Malta 1565”, a reference to the Great Siege of Malta, when the Maltese and the Knights of Malta defeated the Turks.

The names of two 15th-century Hungarian military leaders known for fighting against the advancing Ottomans are also mentioned. John Hunyadi’s name is written on a rifle, while Mihaly Szilagyi Horogszegi’s name is on an ammunition magazine.

Brenton Tarrant soundtrack as he drove to the mosque included an upbeat tune that belies its roots in a destructive European nationalist and religious conflict.

Brenton Tarrant returned to his car after the shooting, the song Fire by English rock band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown can be heard blasting from the speakers. The singer bellows, “I am the god of hellfire!” as he drives away.


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