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All 50 victims of Christchurch terror attack now identified, bodies ready to be reunited with loved ones

All 50 victims of the Christchurch terror attack have now been identified and their bodies are ready to be reunited with loved ones.

The procedure has been one of high emotion, with families wanting to prepare the bodies in accordance with Muslim tradition.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Police Commissioner Mike Bush made the announcement.

"The identification process of all 50 victims has been completed and next of kin have been advised," he said.

"Over 120 people, forensic experts, police and international experts among others have worked tirelessly to make this happen."

Family and next of kin are now able to be reunited with their loved ones, he said.

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1 NEWS reporter Paul Hobbs has this March 21 report from outside Christchurch’s Memorial Park Cemetery. Source: 1 NEWS

Many funerals have already taken place today and yesterday, as a grieving community prepares to mark a week since the shootings.

In an update this afternoon, Canterbury District Health Board officials said that 29 mosque attack patients are still in Christchurch Hospital.

A four-year-old girl caught up in the shooting remains in critical condition at Auckland's Starship Hospital and her father, who was also shot at one of the mosques, remains in stable condition at Auckland City Hospital.

In total, six people remain in critical condition.

Fifty people were killed in the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 2019
Fifty people were killed in the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch on March 15 2019 Source: 1 NEWS