New Zealand rushes to identify Christchurch terror attack victims

Medical personnel are hastening to identify the people killed in the New Zealand mosque shootings so that they can be buried in accordance with Islamic tradition which demands burial as soon as possible, report Jack Guy and Madeline Holcombe for CNN.

“We acknowledge that the last 48 hours have been the most horrific in these families’ lives. We understand it is an added trauma for them that they have not been able to bury their loved ones quickly, according to their religious duty,” Deputy Commissioner of New Zealand police, Wally Haumaha, told reporters.

Australian experts in identification have come to New Zealand to help.

A preliminary list of those killed was shown to families.

34 people remain in hospital, 12 of them in intensive care.

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