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21 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Christchurch mosques attack

NZ to broadcast Friday prayer call

PM announces 2-minute silence to honour dead
The New Zealand Herald, Christchurch
NZ to broadcast Friday prayer call

A two-minute silence will be held in New Zealand on Friday to commemorate the one-week anniversary of last week's massacre. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement during a visit to Christchurch yesterday.

In a separate event, state broadcasters Radio NZ and TVNZ will also play the Islamic call to prayer. Two minutes' silence was chosen over the usual one minute because of the magnitude of the tragedy; a two-minute silence also took place to commemorate the Pike River explosions in 2010.

The first burial of those who died took place yesterday - two refugees from Syria - and Ardern said they should have been safe in New Zealand.

"I cannot tell you gutting it is to know a family came here for safety and refuge, and they should have been safe here," Ardern said. She confirmed 30 of the 50 bodies of those who died had now been returned to their families.

Many families have expressed frustration at the length of time it has taken for bodies to be returned, and Ardern said she shared that frustration.

That had nothing to do with a lack of resources, she said, but the complex process of identification. She added that she wanted to look at the international and domestic thresholds that needed to be met for formally identifying dead bodies.

She also responded to reports that Islamic State had called for reprisals to Friday's attack, saying that the New Zealand Muslim community had only expressed "a rejection of extremism, violence and hate".

Before yesterday's press conference, Ardern met with police officers who were first on the scene at Masjid Al Noor and had to secure the mosque as well as give first aid to the critically injured. She also met St John’s first responders and thanked them for their service on New Zealand’s “darkest day”.

In the morning Ardern visited Cashmere High School, where she was welcomed by a passionate haka. Cashmere High lost Year 10 student Sayyad Milne and Year 12 student Hamza Mustafa on Friday.

Hamza’s father Khaled was also killed. Hamza and Khaled were the first of the deceased from Friday’s shooting to be put to rest yesterday.

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