Christchurch mosque imam expects thousands for Friday prayers


Ardern said she expects the gun laws to be passed by the end of a "two-week sitting session" that concludes April 11.

In her first remarks after the Christchurch massacre, she noted: "The person who carried out the terrorist attack has no place in New Zealand (he's an Australian). We have an indicative set of numbers around MSSAs".

His father, Mohammed Elayyan, who founded the Alnoor Mosque in Christchurch, was also injured in the shooting. Now, our laws will too.

"We strongly believe we stopped him on the way to a further attack, so lives were saved", Bush said, according to The Washington Post.

The New Zealand government is asking all owners of assault weapons or now-banned attachments to report them to the government in the next two days before turning them in.

Police and the military, as well as pest control workers and some sportsmen and women, will be granted exemptions from the law.

Ardern added, they are planning for a memorial service for the Christchurch martyrs adding, that government wants to involve the rest of New Zealand.

Federated Farmers, which represent thousands of farmers, said it supported the change. "And that's something that we can absolutely deny him".

Under New Zealand law, a trial is "to determine innocence or guilt", Peters said.

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A two-minute silence will be held tomorrow to commemorate the one-week anniversary of last week's massacre.

Armed police have been guarding mosques around New Zealand since the attacks. On Tuesday, police said they had completed autopsies on all 50 victims and had formally identified 12 of them. "We can not allow this to happen again".

Both mosques attacked, the Al Noor and nearby Linwood mosque, plan to be reopened. Mohamed Safi, 23, whose father Matiullah Safi died at the Al Noor mosque, complained about the lack of information.

Most victims were migrants or refugees from countries such as Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Somalia, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a self-described white supremacist, has been charged with murder.

Khaled Mustafa, 44, and his 15-year-old son, Hamza were farewelled by hundreds of friends, family, volunteers and community members on Wednesday in the first of a heartbreaking series of funerals for the 50 worshippers killed in the nation's deadliest shooting last week.

Meanwhile, 30 people are still being treated at Christchurch hospital after the attack, nine of them are critical, said David Meates, head of the Canterbury District Health Board.

Bush said they believe they know where the gunman was going for a third attack when officers rammed his vehicle off the road but won't say more because it's an active investigation.