Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man sacked, deported from UAE for 'celebrating' New Zealand mosque shooting

Man sacked, deported from UAE for 'celebrating' New Zealand mosque shooting

The majority of victims from Friday's attack in the South Island city were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

The family arrived previous year as refugees from the Syrian maelstrom only to find tragedy in a land where they had sought sanctuary.

A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first two funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.

Jamil El-Biza, who came from the Sydney area to attend the funerals, told AFP that Zaid said at the graves of his brother and father: "I shouldn't be standing in front of you".

"We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it's our view that it can not - should not - be distributed, available, able to be viewed", she said.

Ardern said she shared families' frustration at the length of time it was taking for the bodies to be returned to them, but reiterated that the forensic and identification process took time.

Following the shooting, Ardern has promised to reform New Zealand laws that allowed the gunman to legally purchase weapons used in the attack.

The burials were held in Memorial Park Cemetery in New Zealand's Linwood city as New Zealanders braced for days of emotional farewells following the mass slayings.

Heavily armed police stood watch with flowers tucked in their revolver holsters and attached to their high powered rifles. More charges are expected to follow.

"I know from many there is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to mosques, particularly on Friday", Ardern said in Christchurch. Their status was confirmed by refugee group Syrian Solidarity New Zealand, which added that Mustafa's other son, 13-year-old Zaed, was "in a stable condition after a six-hour operation".

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But Mosques across Auckland will open their doors to the public on Friday night, their holiest day of the week, to remember the 50 lives that were lost in Christchurch.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, from NSW, has so far been charged with one count of murder.

"This is not an isolated event, it is something more organised", Erdogan said during a campaign event on Monday in Canakkale in western Turkey.

New Zealand's police chief said global intelligence agencies, including the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and those from Australia, Canada and Britain, were building up a profile of the alleged shooter.

The killings have sparked outrage and revulsion in New Zealand as well as a debate about the country s comparatively permissive gun laws and whether authorities have done enough to track far-right extremists.

Burials will begin on Wednesday (March 20) for the victims of Christchurch's mosques massacre, after a lengthy delay that has anguished families, officials said.

"We are doing all we can to undertake this work as quickly as possible and return the victims to their loved ones", police said in a statement.

"You can not convict of murder without that cause of death". "So this is a very comprehensive process that must be completed to the highest standard", he said.

About 30 people wounded in the attacks remained hospitalized as of Tuesday evening. "I should be lying beside you".

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

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