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US NewsNew Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers

09:50  22 march  2019
09:50  22 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Mass shootings in New Zealand: What we know so far

Mass shootings in New Zealand: What we know so far A number of people have died in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers in New Zealand. Here is what we know so far: :: Two mosques in Christchurch were targeted, with the deadliest shooting unfolding at the Al Noor mosque in the city centre. © Getty The shooting happened on Friday afternoon :: Police say the number of people killed is "significant", but the exact number of victims is unclear. :: Witnesses said the shooting at the Al Noor mosque lasted for 20 minutes, with the gunman going from room to room.

Watch: 'We are one' - NZ mourns massacre victims (Sky)

New Zealand fell silent on Friday afternoon during a poignant memorial service exactly a week after the Christchurch terror attack.

Hundreds of Muslims and non-Muslims gathered in the city's Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque where worshipers were gunned down.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, wearing a black and gold headscarf in solidarity with the Islamic faith, briefly addressed the emotional gathering. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters A man holding a New Zealand flag reacts during a burial ceremony for victims of the mosque attacks, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The Latest: Pakistan's prime minister condemns mosque attack

The Latest: Pakistan's prime minister condemns mosque attack Pakistan's prime minister has condemned attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, saying he blames rising Islamophobia. Imran Khan wrote Friday on Twitter that "terrorism does not have a religion." He added: "I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 where Islam & 1.3 bn Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror by a Muslim."Pakistani officials say there are no Pakistani citizens among the dead. © The Associated Press Police keep watch at a park across the road from a a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019.

'New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,' she said. The call to prayer was heard at 1.30pm local time (11.30am AEDT) and followed by two minutes of silence.

New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Getty

Then Imam Gamal Fouda gave a moving speech in which he said the 50 victims were martyrs and their blood has 'watered the seeds of hope'. Zaed Moustafa - who was injured and lost his father and brother in the mosque attacks - was among those paying respects as well as Australian boxer and Muslim convert Anthony Mundine.

In his speech, Imam Gamal Fouda said: 'Last week I saw hatred and rage in the eyes of the terrorist who killed 50 and wounded 42 and broke the hearts of millions. ' New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters A journalist wearing a headscarf as tribute to the victims of the mosque attacks uses her phone before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Christchurch Mosque Shooter Who Killed 50 Likely Acted Alone

Christchurch Mosque Shooter Who Killed 50 Likely Acted Alone New Zealand’s worst mass shooting in modern history appears to be the act of a lone gunman who attacked worshippers at two mosques out of racial hatred. The death toll from Friday’s massacre in the South Island city of Christchurch has risen to 50 after another victim was located at one of the crime scenes, police said on Sunday. One person has been charged with murder while three other people apprehended with firearms are not believed to be involved, they said.

Today, from the same place, I look out and I see the love and compassion in the eyes of thousands of fellow New Zealanders and human beings. Addressing victims' families, he said: 'Your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters A policewoman wearing a headscarf as tribute to the victims of the mosque attacks is seen at Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Cabinet 'absolutely unified' over gun law decisions - Jacinda Ardern

Cabinet 'absolutely unified' over gun law decisions - Jacinda Ardern She's encouraging people to voluntarily surrender their weapons. Speaking alongside her, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said that on Friday "our world changed forever and so will some of our laws". An inquiry looking at the circumstances leading up to the mosque terror attack will also be launched. This will take in the SIS, GCSB, Police, Customs and Immigration, and will look at the attack could have been stopped. It will look at accused gunman's Brenton Tarrant's travel, use of social media, and access to weapons, as well as whether there were any impediments to sharing information.

'Through them, the world will see the beauty of Islam and the beauty of our unity.'

The cleric thanked the New Zealand government, the emergency services and neighbours 'who opened their doors to save us from the killer.'

'Thank you New Zealand for teaching the world what it means to love and care,' he said. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern leaves after the Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

'When I speak, he will be nameless': New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vows to NEVER name the accused mosque shooter – as she opens parliament with a Muslim prayer

'When I speak, he will be nameless': New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern vows to NEVER name the accused mosque shooter – as she opens parliament with a Muslim prayer Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, plans to represent himself when he stands trial for the shootings that killed 50 on Friday in Christchurch. There are fears he may espouse extremist views in the trial.

The speaker then called on governments around the world to end hate speech and the politics of hate. He said the rise of white supremacism was a 'global threat to mankind' and showed that 'terrorism has no race, no colour, no religion.'

He called for an end to Islamophobia and the 'irrational fear of Muslims.'

Australian boxer Anthony Mundine, a Muslim convert who has visited surviving victims in hospital, was seen praying and hugging friends in the park. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters A relative of a victim of the mosque attacks hugs a policeman during a mass burial at Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Ardern leads two-minute silence for shooting victims

Ardern leads two-minute silence for shooting victims New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern joined thousands in a two-minute vigil, a week after the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. She joined Muslims and non-Muslims in Hagley Park, opposite al Noor mosque, to observe the call to prayer followed by the silence. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_a1b2caa0-7a71-485e-904b-7631e97a757c").all(); }); At least 42 people were killed in al Noor mosque, and seven in nearby Linwood mosque, after a gunman opened fire at about 1.40pm on Friday 15 March.

Before the ceremony, prominent Muslims thanked the public for their support since the shooting.

'We appreciate the support that the people of New Zealand have given to us at this time, and the opportunity to do this,' community leader and head of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, Mustafa Farouk, said.

'We are so happy that this prayer will be broadcast to the entire world so that everyone can be a part of it.' New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters A police officer stands guard outside Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

One of the most striking responses to terrorism in history

One of the most striking responses to terrorism in history It must rank as one of the most striking and defiant responses to terrorism in history. A week on from the worst ever attack on New Zealand soil the country came together to deliver a rejection of hate. A Muslim call to prayer, broadcast live on television and radio across the country, relayed from outside of the Christchurch mosque where most of the 50 victims died. A traditional two-minute silence was observed around the land too.

The public memorial comes the morning after more than 10,000 people marched silently through Dunedin to a packed rugby stadium where 15,000 people gathered for a sombre vigil.

A mass burial of the victims is expected to take place on Friday after the Police Commissioner announced that all 50 victims of the attack had now been formally identified and their bodies could be released to family.

Up to 25 bodies have been washed in preparation for the burial at the city's Memorial Park Cemetery. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Getty

More than a dozen victims have so far been buried after funerals on Wednesday and Thursday, including 71-year-old grandfather Haji-Daoud Nabi, whose final words - 'Hello, brother' - greeted the gunman who first attacked the Masjid al Noor mosque.

Three teenagers were also among those laid to rest. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters People grieve during a burial ceremony for victims of the mosque attacks, at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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The New Zealand government has moved swiftly to prevent a tragedy like the Christchurch massacre from ever happening again.

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On Thursday, Prime Minister Ardern announced semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles would be banned, as well as parts that can be used to convert less-powerful guns into military-style weapons.

Legislation to introduce the ban is expected to be introduced by April 11, but in the meantime the weapons have become illegal under interim measures. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters Armed police officers secure the perimeter before Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

A buyback program - similar to that of Australia's after the Port Arthur massacre - will be launched to take existing weapons out of the public, and gun owners who don't comply will face fines. New Zealand falls silent in tribute to the 50 people killed in the Christchurch massacre – as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gathers with thousands outside Al Noor mosque to join Muslim prayers © Reuters People attend Friday prayers at Hagley Park outside Al-Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand March 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

'On 15 March, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will, too,' Ardern said. 'We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.'

New Zealand women don headscarves to support Muslims after shootings.
New Zealand women don headscarves to support Muslims after shootings

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