The army statement said that over 20 buildings had already been hit and that the air campaign was continuing, but insisted that the military's operational and combat readiness was at the highest possible level. It also declared that the mood among the country's soldiers and officers was "unusually high".
Central to Tarrant's worldview appears to have been a commitment to the so-called "Great Replacement" theory.
This conspiracy theory posits that Muslim immigration to Western countries is a secret plot to "outbreed" white Christians of European ancestry and thus take over their "homelands". A peculiar brand of Islamophobia, it is rooted in anti-Ottoman sentiment.