Christchurch shootings: New Zealand to ban military style weapons, says PM

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The country will also ban assault rifles, high capacity magazines, and certain modification parts, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday.

Following the mass shooting, Ardern has promised to reform New Zealand laws that allowed the gunman to legally purchase weapons used in the attack.

Muslims whose loved ones were gunned down have had their grief compounded by the failure of authorities to return bodies to families in time for a speedy burial, as required under Islamic custom.

Peters also expressed his appreciation of Indonesia's support during a hard time for New Zealand.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police have now formally identified and released the bodies of 21 people to family members.

Hamza's younger brother Zaed, 13, suffered gunshot wounds to the leg in the attack.

Local media reported he was dropped off at the Al Noor mosque on the day of the killings by his mother who survived the attack because she was trying to find a parking space when the gunman launched his assault.

The burials were held in Memorial Park Cemetery in New Zealand's Linwood city as New Zealanders braced for days of emotional farewells following the mass slayings.

"We have been in contact with Facebook; they have given us updates on their efforts to have it removed, but as I say, it's our view that it can not - should not - be distributed, available, able to be viewed", she said.

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He was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5, when police said he was likely to face more charges. "But he will, when I speak, be nameless", she told lawmakers. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday condemned what he called "highly offensive" comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warning that he would consider "all options" in reviewing bilateral relations.

The accused gunman, a self-avowed white supremacist from Australia, live streamed much of the attack and spread a manifesto on social media claiming it was a strike against Muslim "invaders".

Fouda expects 3,000 to 4,000 people, including many from overseas.

National broadcasters Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand will play the call to prayer.

Ardern said the government acknowledged that some guns serve "legitimate purposes in our farming communities" and thus they were setting aside exemptions for.22 caliber rifles and shotguns. "They're testing our patience right now", Safi said.

"But the challenge for all of us going forward is that they're safety is assured by making sure we never have an environment where violent extremist ideology can flourish".

The buyback would cost up to NZ$200 million ($138 million), she said.

In the latest display of cross cultural solidarity in New Zealand, as Muslims prayed and prostrated before Al Noor mosque dozens of locals silently stood behind them, their arms interlinked.

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