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Azaan broadcast across NZ as world marks a week since Christchurch massacre

The Azaan was heard across New Zealand on Friday, as thousands gathered to remember the 50 people martyred by a lone gunman at two mosques a week ago.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern led thousands of mourners gathered at a park in front of the Al Noor Mosque, where most of the victims died, for a prayer followed by two minutes of silence.

“New Zealand mourns with you. We are one,” she said in a short speech, prior to the two-minute silence.

Ardern, who has labelled the attack as terrorism, announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws on Thursday.

The prime minister was accompanied in the Christchurch prayers with community leaders and other foreign dignitaries.

The Azaan was broadcasted nationally across all free-to-air TV and radio stations.

“We are broken-hearted, but we are not broken. We are alive, we are together, we are determined to not let anyone divide us,” Imam Gamal Fouda told the gathered crowd, many wearing headscarves in support of the grieving Muslim community.

“To the families of the victims, your loved ones did not die in vain. Their blood has watered the seeds of hope,” he said in the prayers.

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