New Zealand to investigate role of spies, guns in mosque attacks

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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has ordered a top-level inquiry into the Christchurch mosque attacks that left 50 people dead.

"I'm deeply sad. there are moments when there aren't cameras and I've just been with family, and its fair to say those are very emotional moments. but I'm the last one that anyone should be worrying about", Ms Ardern said of the days following the attack.

Sam Brosnaham, student president at the city's Canterbury University, urged New Zealanders to express openness to persons who "do not look like you, do not talk like you, or express faith in the same way you do", reported New Zealand's Fairfax media website known as Stuff.

She said royal commissions are usually reserved for matters of the gravest public importance and that was clearly appropriate in this case.

China expects that the trip will help the two sides to increase mutual understanding and trust, expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields and inject new impetus into a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, said the ministry.

His first funeral prayers were offered on March 21 in New Zealand and the second one will be offered at Sangam Ground in Dastagir No. 9.

Ms Ardern has ruled out re-introducing the death penalty for the trial.

She said discussion items would include upgrading the bilateral free trade deal and combatting climate change.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch New Zealand. Credit PA
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern waves as she leaves Friday prayers at Hagley Park in Christchurch New Zealand. Credit PA

Fifty people were killed in the March 15 attack on Christchurch's Masjid al Noor and Linwood Masjid when a lone gunman opened fire during Friday prayers.

"My question generally, across all of these platforms, is what can we put in place or have assurances around to ensure this doesn't happen again", Ardern said.

"Our job is to share love and support for our Muslim communities around the world", she said.

Ms Hardern, who gave birth to daughter Neve in June, has been praised globally for her response to the shootings.

Foreign delegations are expected, including a representative of the British royal family.

He has no access to television, radio or newspapers and no approved visitors.

Now charged with one count of murder, he is expected to face more charges when he returns to court next week. He's due to return to court on April 5.

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