New Zealand observes silence for victims

New Zealand observes silence for victims

Agency News

Wellington, Mar 22 : People across New Zealand observed a two-minute silence in ceremonies to mark a week since the Christchurch attacks which claimed 50 lives.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and thousands of others congregated in Hagley Park opposite the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch to observe the call to prayer at 1.30pm local time.

“New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,” Ms Ardern said, a report in BBC said.

Imam Gamal Fouda, who led the prayers, said “We are broken-hearted but we are not broken. We are alive. We are together. We are determined to not let anyone divide us.”

On Thursday Ms Ardern announced a ban on all types of semi-automatic weapons. UNI