New Zealand begins funerals for mosque shooting victims, PM visits school

New Zealand begins funerals for mosque shooting victims, PM visits school

"After a short time for prayers, family and friends will carry the body to the grave site where it will be laid to rest", she added.

Authorities spent four days constructing a special grave at a city cemetery that is designated for Muslim burials.

The service started at 12.30pm when the bodies arrived by hearse.

Meanwhile, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman challenged Parliament to "change the way we do politics" in the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attacks.

Janna Ezat, whose son, Hussein Al-Umari, was killed in the Al Noor mosque, visited the memorial at the gardens and became overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.

"There is an argument there to be made for us to take a united front on what is a global issue", she said at a press conference in Christchurch.

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman.

Over 100 experts - comprising police officers as well as personnel from the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) and New Zealand Defence Force - are working on the case.

"Your grandparents came, some of them returned in coffins", he told the rally in northern Turkey.

In Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday condemned what he called "highly offensive" comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning he would consider "all options" in reviewing bilateral relations. "The only part of the incident we have seen over the past 24 to 36 hours that is New Zealand - is the support that you are seeing now".

"I don't want to be here alone", Zaid said, according to one attendee at the funeral.

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But she pledged that she, and much of New Zealand, would deprive the 28-year-old gunman of the publicity he craved by never uttering his name.

"It is so deeply entrenched".

Christchurch is continuing to come to terms with the attacks, the worst mass killing and the only terrorist attack of this kind ever to have struck the country.

In his Facebook comment, the Transguard staff had not only expressed joy over the massacre, but he also called for similar attacks on other mosques during Friday prayers. A national memorial, to be held in Christchurch, was still in the planning stages she said.

It involved New Zealand police, the FBI, Australian police, and Five Eyes partners.

Ardern she had met with Muslim community leaders and her primary aim was to reunite victims with their families.

He warned anti-Muslim Australians would suffer the same fate as soldiers in the bloody battle of Gallipoli in World War One. "He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name".

"Look after one another but also let New Zealand be a place where there is no tolerance for racism", she told students at Cashmere High School.

She also said there were a "large number of loopholes" in New Zealand's gun laws and there were a range of things to be fixed.

Most details of bail hearings are suppressed under New Zealand law.

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