Christchurch prayer service in Cornwall today

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CORNWALL – Solidarity prayers are being held at a Cornwall mosque today (Sunday) to remember the victims of Friday’s deadly attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The solidarity peace event and prayers are taking place at 1:30 p.m. at the Jamia Masjid Al-Aqsa Mosque at 507 Pitt Street.

The service is open to every community member and Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement will be there as well as council has been invited to take part.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, makeshift memorials have been set up at the two houses of worship where 50 people were killed and another 50 wounded when a gunman opened fire during midday prayers.

Relatives are anxiously waiting for authorities to release remains of the victims because, under Islamic law, the bodies need to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible – usually within 24 hours.