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New Zealand struggles to answer 'why' in wake of massacre

New Zealand struggles to answer 'why' in wake of massacre

Erdogan said the suspect had twice visited Turkey and warned Turks have no place in Europe.

At the rally, ahead of the March 31 local elections, Erdogan claimed that the manifesto by the attacker Brenton Tarrant "targeted Turkey and me", according to Bloomberg. The enemies of Muslims have shown that they continue to hate us.

Referring to Istanbul's previous name under Christian rule, before being conquered by the Muslim Ottoman empire, Mr Erdogan said: "You will not turn Istanbul into Constantinople, ". "This was not an individual act, but organized".

It follows news that during Turkish election rallies held hours after the attacks took place, Mr Erdogan showed footage of the deadly massacres to supporters of his Islam-rooted Justice and Development Party (AK Party) - a move that has since been condemned by Christchurch for possibly endangering New Zealanders travelling overseas.

The gunman shot dead 50 people and wounded more than 40 in Christchurch on Friday, broadcasting footage of the attack on one of the mosques on Facebook.

Majority Muslim Turkey straddles Europe and Asia, its Asian section known as Anatolia. "Have no doubt we will send you back like your grandfathers".

Interviewed on Turkey's Haberturk television on Thursday, Erdogan said Benjamin Netanyahu was "walking around with this stain" of corruption.

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Erdogan was re-elected last year with new powers but his AK Party, which has ruled Turkey since 2002, is battling for votes as the economy tips into recession after years of strong growth.

Besides screening the video, Erdogan also made comments attempting to connect Netanyahu's son to the New Zealand shootings.

Erdogan stressed that the Turkish authorities are well aware of what and when to do.

Hundreds of protesters held a symbolic funeral in Istanbul on Saturday (March 16) to mourn the deaths of 49 people murdered in attacks on two New Zealand mosques.

Mr Peters said: "Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country, given that this was a non-New Zealand citizen, imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas, and that is totally unfair". "They are fed by the same source", Erdogan was quoted as saying by Turkey's ATV News at an event in the city of Çanakkale.

New Zealand authorities said on Sunday that 34 people remain in hospital, being treated for injuries that Doctor Greg Robertson described ranging from severe, complex gunshot wounds to "relatively superficial soft tissue injuries".