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New Zealand Mosques Re-open More Than A Week After Deadly Shootings

The two mosques targeted in last week's New Zealand attacks have reopened.
Posted at 1:43 PM, Mar 23, 2019

On Saturday, worshipers returned to the two New Zealand mosques where 50 people were killed, and dozens more wounded, in a targeted anti-Muslim mass shooting over a week ago.

The suspect reportedly sent a white nationalist manifesto to the Prime Minister, lawmakers and media moments before carrying out the massacre.

Al-Noor mosque was closed following the attack for investigation and repair. Bullet holes were filled, walls were repainted, and rugs were removed. 

On Saturday, police stood guard while 15 people at a time entered the mosque to pray. Meanwhile, thousands of people marched in the streets of Christchurch to honor victims.

Police said the other mosque, Linwood, has also reopened.

On Friday, a mass funeral was held for 26 victims of the attacks, including the youngest victim, who was just three years old. About 5,000 mourners were in attendance.