Protesters hold symbolic funeral in Istanbul for New Zealand shooting victims

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Protesters hold symbolic funeral in Istanbul for New Zealand shooting victims

Hagia Sophia will not function as a mosque, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, commenting on the terrorist attacks in mosques in New Zealand, Trend reports referring to the Turkish media.

He said on Saturday that Turkish authorities were investigating his visits and his contacts.

Erdogan, who is seeking to rally support for his Islamist-rooted AK Party in March 31 local elections, has invoked the New Zealand attack as evidence of global anti-Muslim sentiment.

"Anything of that nature that misrepresents this country - given that [the suspect] was a non-New Zealand citizen - imperils the future and safety of the New Zealand people and our people overseas and it's totally unfair", complained foreign minister Winston Peters, who said he had made his objections to Erdoğan's behaviour clear to Turkish officials.

Fuat Oktay's remarks came during his meeting with Winston Peters, the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of New Zealand.

The Turkish delegation was informed about the latest condition of the wounded Turks and investigation into the attacks.

Tarrant visited Turkey at least twice in the past few years, Turkish officials said.

Turkey's president showed a video - including extracts purportedly from the suspect's online manifesto and semi-blurred footage of the shooting - to the crowd via a large screen. Erdogan's name appears under a section allegedly titled, "Kill High Profile Enemies", along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and tLondon Mayor Sadiq Khan.

He has frequently brought those grievances and other populist issues to the forefront during elections.

"With this attack, hostility towards Islam, that the world has been idly watching and even encouraging for some time, has gone beyond individual harassment to reach the level of mass killing", Erdogan said at the funeral of a former Turkish minister.

On Friday, Erdogan said the suspected gunman had "targeted our country, our nation and myself".

'Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer, ' she said today. We will find out, Erdogan said in response to the manfisto.

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