9 Indian origin people missing post New Zealand mosque terror attack
New Delhi : Nine Indian origin people have reportedly been missing since twin shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, said the Indian envoy. 49 people, including two Indians, were killed in the terror attack.
The gunmen targeted the time of Friday prayers, barging into the mosques and shooting at will. The carnage also continued outside where passers-by were targeted. 49 people died and around 20 were injured in the attacks.
The shooting incident is being scrutinised as a terror act, the motive racial, the police said after preliminary inquiries. The cops have arrested a man who is an Australian and in his late 20s. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it one of the "darkest days" for the peaceful nation.
In a letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "strongly condemned the attacks", the foreign ministry said.
"As per updates received from multiple sources, there are 9 missing persons of Indian nationality/ origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families," High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli tweeted.
The High Commission has also tweeted, offering help.
We are shocked to hear about the shooting in #Christchurch Any Indians needing assistance should contact us at 021803899 or 021850033. @indianweekender @indiannewslink @MEAIndia @IndianDiplomacy @WIAWellington @kohli_sanjiv @BhavDhillonnz— India in New Zealand (@IndiainNZ) March 15, 2019
Asaduddin Owaisi has sought help from foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for the brother of one of the victims. The family is from Hyderabad.
Indian shot in New Zealand mosque attack, his Hyderabad family seeks urgent visa https://t.co/2Q8EYFnZ6F— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 15, 2019
A video from #ChristChurch shows one Ahmed Jehangir who was shot. His brother Iqbal Jehangir is a resident of Hyderabad & would like to go to NZ for Ahmed’s family.— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) March 15, 2019
I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family