New Zealand to broadcast Azaan nationally in honour of Christchurch terror attack victims: PM Jacinda Ardern
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New Zealand to broadcast Azaan nationally in honour of Christchurch terror attack victims: PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday said that nation will observe two minutes of silence on Friday to mark one week since the deadly terror attack at two Christchurch mosques in which 50 people died.

Ardern also announced that the Muslim call to prayer, Azaan, will be broadcasted nationally through TV and radio.

“There is a desire to show support to the Muslim community as they return to Mosques, particularly on Friday. To acknowledge this there will be a two minutes’ silence on the same day. We will also broadcast nationally, via TVNZ and RNZ, Azaan (the call to prayer),” she said.

Ardern said that the government is planning a memorial service for the Christchurch martyrs, adding that it wants to involve the rest of New Zealand too.


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Recently, Ardern visited the Muslim community at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch to express her solidarity wearing a black head scarf.

At least 50 worshippers were killed and dozens injured when an Australian terrorist opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

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