Christchurch terror attack: About 200 mourners attend first burials

Minnie Murray
March 21, 2019

All military style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles would be banned, along with parts used to convert weapons into MSSAs and all high-capacity magazines.

Father and son, 44-year-old Khaled Mustafa and 15-year-old Hamza, were laid to rest in a Janaza service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Linwood.

Ardern has said details of the proposed reform will be announced by next week, but she indicated they could include gun buybacks and a ban on some semi-automatic rifles.

"The New Zealand community really cares for us and we're really together in this", she told AFP.

"This will not be popular among some of our members, but after a week of intense debate and careful consideration by our elected representatives and staff, we believe this is the only practicable solution", Federated Farmers Rural Security spokesman Miles Anderson said in a statement.

He says mosque workers have been feverishly working to fix the destruction from the attack.

Some people expressed support for the victims in a uniquely New Zealand way.

Several mounds of dirt piled high marked the site of multiple graves which will be used for New Zealand's worst mass shooting. "But he will, when I speak, be nameless", she told assembled lawmakers.

Facebook said the live stream from Christchurch was viewed fewer than 200 times but it had to remove a staggering 1.5 million videos as footage of the slaughter went viral.

Sheik Taj El-Din Hilaly, of Sydney, travelled to Christchurch to attend or lead some of the funerals.

Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man, has been charged with murder and is next scheduled to appear in court on April 5.

She's also taking seriously a reported call from Islamic State to retaliate, after the jihad group's spokesman was reported in the New York Times as saying the attack should incite caliphate supporters to "avenge their religion".

She also said ownership of firearms is a privilege in New Zealand and not a right.

The start of funerals should help ease pressure from Muslim families who have complained that investigations have delayed the handover of victim bodies, preventing the speedy burials prescribed under Islam. So far 21 victims have been formally identified by coroners.

When asked if the officers would be receiving bravery awards, Nash said he could not "pre-empt anything" but there "aren't too many more acts of bravery higher than that".

"They are fathers, they are mothers, they are brothers, they are sisters, they are wives", he said. My expectation is that these weapons will now be returned to your suppliers and never enter into the New Zealand market again, " she said. It has been the 37-year-old's face - and not that of the suspected shooter - that has come to dominate media coverage.

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