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New Zealand: Call to prayer to be broadcast nationally says PM Ardern03:35

New Zealand: Call to prayer to be broadcast nationally says PM Ardern

New Zealand, Christchurch
March 20, 2019 at 07:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that news a family of refugees from Syria were affected by the mass shootings in Christchurch was 'gutting' as she gave a press conference in the city on Wednesday.

"Among New Zealanders on social media, one of the images and accompanying words that has spread the most has been that this was their home and they should have been safe here," she said.

Ardern confirmed that the Adhan, the traditional call to prayer, would be broadcast nationally on Friday, along with a two-minute-silence in honour of the victims.

She added that New Zealand was working with national and international agencies to ensure 'retaliatory threats' and 'copycats' were follow up on.

"In New Zealand this is unprecedented for us so we don't have experience with terrorist acts and this is what this was, but there is guidance our counterparts can give," she explained.

A total of 50 people were killed and another 50 were injured in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 in what was New Zealand's worst attack of all time.

New Zealand: Call to prayer to be broadcast nationally says PM Ardern03:35
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The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern said that news a family of refugees from Syria were affected by the mass shootings in Christchurch was 'gutting' as she gave a press conference in the city on Wednesday.

"Among New Zealanders on social media, one of the images and accompanying words that has spread the most has been that this was their home and they should have been safe here," she said.

Ardern confirmed that the Adhan, the traditional call to prayer, would be broadcast nationally on Friday, along with a two-minute-silence in honour of the victims.

She added that New Zealand was working with national and international agencies to ensure 'retaliatory threats' and 'copycats' were follow up on.

"In New Zealand this is unprecedented for us so we don't have experience with terrorist acts and this is what this was, but there is guidance our counterparts can give," she explained.

A total of 50 people were killed and another 50 were injured in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 in what was New Zealand's worst attack of all time.

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