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New Zealand mosque shooting: Call to prayer, two-minute silence honour Christchurch victims

People gather for congregational Friday prayers by the Muslim community and a two-minute observation of silence at Hagley Park in Christchurch. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Christchurch, New Zealand Mar 22, 2019, 06.42 AM (IST)

Thousands of New Zealanders gathered in Christchurch on Friday to honour the 50 Muslim worshippers killed one week ago by a white supremacist, with a call to prayer broadcast around the country and a two-minute silence.

The gunman "broke the hearts of millions around the world", said Imam Gamal Fouda, who was leading prayers. 

"Today, from the same place, I look out and I see the love and compassion," he said. "New Zealand is unbreakable."

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The gunman 'broke the hearts of millions around the world', said Imam Gamal Fouda, who was leading prayers.