New Zealand begins to bury victims from Christchurch shooting

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Published on 20 Mar 2019, 9:58
The bodies of six victims from New Zealand's mosques mass shooting were laid to rest at Christchurch on Wednesday (March 20) -- the first burials of the 50 victims.

The bodies were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery. Wrapped in white cloth, the bodies were laid to face Mecca, and, after jenazah (funeral) prayers, were carried towards their freshly dug graves.

Several mounds of dirt piled high marked the site of multiple graves which will be used for New Zealand's worst mass shooting. Hundreds gathered to mourn, some men wearing a taqiyah (skullcap), others shalwar kameez (long tunic and trousers), while women wore hijabs and scarfs.

Heavily armed police stood watch with flowers tucked in their revolver holsters and attached to their high powered rifles. More burials are expected during the week.

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