Amman, The Australian police searched two homes in towns on the New South Wales (NSW) mid-north coast linked to the alleged gunman who killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in New Zealand.

It said that its Counter Terrorism Team (CTT) executed the search warrants in the New South Wales towns of Sandy Beach and Lawrence, both near the town of Grafton where Brenton Tarrant, the attacker, grew up.

"The primary aim of the operation is to obtain material that may assist New Zealand police in their ongoing investigation," a police statement said.

Australian Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, said that Tarrant has just spent 45 days in Australia over the past three years and was not on any Australian terror watch list.

Source: Jordan News Agency