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Turkish opposition visits New Zealand

Turkish politicians lay wreath on mosques attacked last week, meet victims of terrorism

Seval Ocak Adiyaman   | 20.03.2019
Turkish opposition visits New Zealand

ANKARA

A delegation from Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) is visiting New Zealand, a party official said Wednesday.

Deputy chairman Unal Cevikoz said three CHP deputies have arrived at Christchurch city where two mosques were attacked by a terrorist.

“We strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand,” Cevikoz said, speaking at the Turkish parliament.

“We offer condolences to all people in New Zealand,” he added.

“We hope the world will learn the necessary lessons from the terrorist attack and no other massacres, pain would be experienced again,” Cevikoz said.

The deputies visited the injured people in the hospital and placed a wreath at Al Noor and Linwood mosques.

They were accompanied by a committee from Australia and New Zealand.

At least 50 people were killed when a terrorist opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers last week.

About as many were injured with several still in critical condition.

*Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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