Mourners begin to bury those killed in New Zealand shootings

Grieving New Zealand looks for lessons from Christchurch attack

The suspect accused of killing 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch last week was on his way to a third location when he was arrested, the New Zealand police commissioner said Wednesday.

The Mustafa family came to New Zealand from Syria as refugees about nine months ago, hopeful they could rebuild their lives shattered by war. A four-year-old girl is in a critical condition in an Auckland children's hospital, with her injured father now nearby.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made the announcement during a visit to Christchurch today.

According to media reports, she also announced two minutes of silence on Friday to mark one week since Christchurch terrorist attack.

Stuart Nash, the minister of police, said they "have no idea" how many assault rifles are in circulation.

New Zealand Police said while they had carried out autopsies on all 50 bodies, they had only returned six bodies to families on Tuesday night. She spent her time following the crimes with victims and mourners and aid workers, alongside them at the most crucial of times.

The ban includes all the weapons that were used in the attack.

"I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride".

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Islamic law says that people should be buried as soon as possible after death, preferably within 24 hours.

David Parker, New Zealand's attorney-general, said the day after the terror attack that semi-automatic weapons would be banned.

"We are going to pray here on Friday", the Imam Gamal Fouda told the New Zealand Herald from behind the cordon opposite the mosque.

Dozens of volunteers from across New Zealand and Australia have been in Christchurch for days to help wash and shroud the bodies, and prepare the burial site. Western New Mexico University researchers Jennifer B. Johnston and Andrew Joy shared their data in 2016 at the American Psychological Association's annual convention, referencing how "media contagion" has contributed to mass shootings and that social media gives more attention to the shooter than the victims.

The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. She knelt amid the flowers and wept, grabbing at daisies and lilies as though she might find her boy in them.

"I watched the video and saw the rifle. and it was not from any Gun City affiliated store", Tipple said on Monday.

"I am very sad, " Ms Ardern replied.

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