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National remembrance Service Held To Honour Christchurch Martyrs

CHRISTCHURCH: A national remembrance service for victims of the New Zealand mosque attacks held in Christchurch on Friday with a Maori lament echoing across the South Island city.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by representatives from 59 nations, including her Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, at the event which drew tens of thousands of people.

The service, with the theme “We Are One”, was broadcast on national television.

Addressing the crowd in the park near the Al Noor mosque, PM Ardern said New Zealand had “a responsibility to be the place we wish to be”.

British singer Yusuf Islam, previously known as Cat Stevens, will perform with other local musicians including Marlon Williams and Hollie Smith.

At least 50 people were martyred including nine Pakistanis in deadly Christchurch terror attack earlier this month.