9 Indians missing in New Zealand shootings; 1 identified from Hyderabad : International de

New Zealand: At least nine Indian origin were listed missing from Friday morning’s Christchurch shootings at two New Zealand mosques in which 49 people died, Indian envoy to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted, citing updates received from multiple sources.

“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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned such terror attacks in a letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who stated this day as the darkest in the country.

The Foreign Ministry on Friday evening issued a statement stating, “The Prime Minister stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He also expressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies”.

The Indian High Commission in New Zealand also offered help to Indians via social media.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi put out two tweets in which he tagged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying that a video from Christchurch “shows one Ahmed Jehangir from Hyderabad who was shot”.

In another tweet, he urged a request for immediate support from the government in expediting his visa process.

At least 49 were killed and 20 were injured after a gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt.

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Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant, who shot dead at least 49 people in two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, live-streamed himself in the act. Along with the video, Tarrant also posted a manifesto online explaining why he committed the attack. He attacked the mosques at 1.40 pm local time.

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