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Renfrewshire’s Provost statement on New Zealand terror attack

Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific tragedy.

“We stand together with the people of New Zealand and offer our deepest sympathies at this most harrowing of times.

“I will be writing to the Mayor of Christchurch on behalf of Renfrewshire to offer our sincere condolences.”

Picture show flags at half-mast at Renfrewshire House, Paisley, headquarters of Renfrewshire Council in respect of those killed in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday 15 March 2019.

The stricken Muslim community of Christchurch was preparing to bury its dead after the far right terrorist attack on two mosques which stunned New Zealand.

Graves for the victims of the worst mass shooting in the country’s history were being dug on Saturday 16 March, in anticipation of their bodies being released by the authorities.

Workmen using diggers carefully prepared the ground in a quiet corner of Memorial Park Cemetery, with colleagues erecting a cloth over a fence to preserve the dignity of their work on part of the site set aside for Muslim burials, the graves facing Mecca.

A few hours earlier Brenton Tarrant, the Australian national accused of the rampage, appeared in court in Christchurch, where he made a white supremacist gesture with his hand while flanked by two police officers.

The 28-year-old was charged with one initial count of murder but more are expected to follow and he was remanded in custody until April 5.

Police believe Tarrant was responsible for both the attack on the Al Noor mosque and the shooting at the Linwood Islamic Centre a short drive away. Fifty people were killed.

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