Egypt Independent

Immigration Minister attends funeral of 2 mosques victims in New Zealand



Egypt’s State Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad Nabila Makram participated on Friday at the funeral of 50 persons  killed during the terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

During the funeral, Makram conveyed the message of Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, asserting his condemnation of the incident and expressing thanks to the government of New Zealand for caring for the victims’ families and the injured persons.

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern thanked Makram for attending the funeral and calling for the peaceful co-existence of international communities.

The New Zealand government broadcasted Friday prays in Arabic and English on the country’s TV and Radio channels and asked women to wear hijab.

The government also opened mosques for visitors and placed flowers all over the country to memorialize the incident.

A white nationalist gunman shot dead 49 people at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand on March 15. The shooter, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, stood trial on Saturday before a city court where he was charged with murder.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm