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Indian Envoy To New Zealand: 9 Indian-Origin People Missing After Mosque Shootings
The shooting is being treated as terrorism, the motive racial, the police suspect after preliminary inquiries.
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- March 16, 2019 01:11 IST
Indian Envoy To New Zealand, 9 Indian-Origin People Missing After Mosque Shootings
New Delhi: Around 49 people have been killed in the twin shootings at two mosques in Christchurch. Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing after the incident, said the Indian envoy in New Zealand. The attack claimed the life of two Indians and a third is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) has said.
During the friday prayers at the mosque, a gunmen had burged into the mosques and shooting at will. The carnage also continued outside where passers-by were targeted. The attack claimed the life of 49 people and around 20 were injured in the attacks.
After preliminary inquiries, the shooting is being treated as terrorism with racial motives. The arrest of three persons have been made. One of the three persons arrested - an Australian in his late 20s - is considered the shooter. Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand has called it one of the "darkest days" for the peaceful nation.
The foreign ministry said that PM Modi wrote a letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister and "strongly condemned the attacks"
"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
The leader of AIMIM, Owaisi has sought help from foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for the brother of one of the victims. The family is from Hyderabad.
In another tweet, Mr Owaisi said: "His brother is serious & his family has little support. I'm only requesting the immediate support of your good offices in expediting his visa process. He'll make all arrangements to travel to NZ by himself."
In the evening, the foreign ministry issued a statement that read, "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 stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies".