First funerals of Christchurch victims

epaselect epa07449334 People carry the caskets of a father and son during the first funerals for victims of the mosque shootings at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch, New Zealand, 20 March 2019. A gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid in Christchurch on 15 March. EPA-EFE/MICK TSIKAS AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

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The first funerals have taken place of victims of the Christchurch terror attack. These were of father and son from Syria.

Khaled Mustafa, 44, and Hamza, 16, arrived with their family as refugees to New Zealand last year.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at a cemetery near the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, one of two places of worship targeted last Friday.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder.

Islamic tradition calls for bodies to be buried as soon as possible, but the burials have been delayed by the scale of the identification process.


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