New Zealand bans sales of assault weapons days after mosque bloodbath

Scott Morrison warned he would consider 'all options' in reviewing ties with Turkey

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern this week visited a school where two boys killed in last week's mosque attacks were students.

"Every semiautomatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned", Arden said at a news conference.

In the immediate aftermath of Friday's shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, Ardern labeled the attack as terrorism and said New Zealand's gun laws would change.

To "the current owners of the weapons we have moved to ban, I acknowledge that many of you will have acted within the law", Ardern said.

Six bodies were returned to the families of the victims last night, while another six are ready to be released.

New Zealand's police minister Stuart Nash said of the development: "I want to remind that it is a privilege and not a right to own a firearm in New Zealand". Islamic funerals typically are held as soon as possible after death.

Mustafa's other son, Zaid, 13, who was injured in the attack and attended the service in a wheelchair, stared down at the grave of his father, saying: "I shouldn't front of you".

Al Noor workers have been trying feverishly to fix the destruction at the mosque, Fouda said.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Canakkale in western Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Canakkale in western Turkey

"The vast majority of New Zealanders will support this change".

Bush, the police commissioner, said they believe they know where the gunman was going for a third attack when officers rammed his auto off the road but won't say more because it's an active investigation.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was charged with one count of murder on Saturday in relation to the shootings.

She added: "And to others I implore you: speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them". "We will have a heightened presence tomorrow in order to provide reassurance to people attending the Friday call for prayers", police said in a statement on Thursday. His mother said that after their phone connection was cut during the shootings, she tried repeatedly to reach him again. The prime minister has also spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May about the importance of a global effort to clamp down on the distribution of such material.

Ms Ardern has announced that national TV and radio would broadcast the Muslim call to prayer live on Friday.

Hart said it was an easy decision for him to hand in his semi-automatic and tweeted: "on the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn t outweigh the risk of misuse".

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

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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