Published: Fri, March 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

PM Jacinda Ardern joins Friday prayers one week after massacre

PM Jacinda Ardern joins Friday prayers one week after massacre

Videos of people perform traditional Maori haka dance, and to form lines behind Muslims to symbolically protect them while they pray, were also widely shared on social media platforms.

Elsewhere in Hamilton, a vigil will be held at the Hamilton Mountain Mosque, where everyone will form a solidarity circle around the mosque.

New Zealand's foreign minister arrived in Turkey early Friday for what he called "substantial" talks after comments made by Erdogan over the killing of 50 people at the mosques sparked a diplomatic spat between the nations.

Women wearing headscarves as tribute to the victims of the mosque attacks are seen before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. "After we finished there was a lot of emotion, people were crying and hugging", said a body washer in Christchurch who gave his name as Mo.

The alleged gunman, identified as Brenton Tarrant, has been charged with one count of murder, but more murder charges are expected to be filed against the 28-year-old Australian. "But, instead, we have shown that New Zealand is unbreakable".

"New Zealand mourns with you; we are one", she finished her short but impactful speech, followed by two minutes of silence. "We are determined to not let anyone divide us", he added, as the crowd erupted with applause.

"She had a chance to get away, but still, she was scared and screaming, and the baby was crying", she said.

Two US servicemembers killed in Afghanistan
It comes amid negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban insurgents to end the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan. Two American service members have been killed during an operation in Afghanistan, officials said.


The Al Noor mosque's imam said workers have been toiling feverishly to fix the destruction, some of whom offered their services for free.

Mrs Ibrahim, who lives in the southern suburbs and worships at the Mirrabooka Mosque, lost her three-year-old half-brother Mucaad Ibrahim in the Christchurch shootings.

The haunting sounds of the Islamic adhan, or call to prayer, will be broadcast live across the country, including on nzherald.co.nz and Newstalk ZB.

"Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned", Ardern said.

"Last Friday I stood in this mosque and saw hatred and rage in the eyes of the terrorist who killed 50 people, wounded 48 and broke the hearts of millions around the world", he said. "It's a simple invitation to the whole of New Zealand to show our support, but also to recognize our grief as New Zealanders".

Ms Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks. Later, some Auckland mosques will open their doors to any who want to join in remembrance.

More than 1,000 people also notified police online that they wanted to give up their guns.

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