9 Indian-origin people missing after New Zealand shootings that killed 49

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New Delhi/Christchurch: Nine people from India or of Indian origin have been missing after Friday’s shooting at two mosques in Christchurch in which 49 people have died, the Indian envoy in New Zealand said.

Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) said.

During the Friday prayers, a gunman live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. He has been identified as an Australian extremist, the gunman had also published a “manifesto”, in which he referred to immigrants as “invaders”.

"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.

sanjiv kohli@kohli_sanjiv
 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

The High Commission has also tweeted, offering help.

India in New Zealand✔@IndiainNZ
 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

Owaisi has sought help from foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for the brother of one of the victims. The family is from Hyderabad.

Asaduddin Owaisi✔@asadowaisi
 Indian shot in New Zealand mosque attack, his Hyderabad family seeks urgent visa https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/indian-shot-new-zealand-mosque-attack-his-hyderabad-family-seeks-urgent-visa-98390 …

Indian shot in New Zealand mosque attack, his Hyderabad family seeks urgent visa
As four gunmen unleashed terror at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, among the many who were shot at was Hyderabad-native Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir. Jahangir was rushed to a hospital and is...

Owaisi tweeted: "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
 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.

I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family

In another tweet, Owaisi said: "His brother is serious and 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."

Asaduddin Owaisi✔@asadowaisi
Replying to @asadowaisi and 4 others
These are Mr. Khursheed’s passport details. 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 pic.twitter.com/vXMbnZeJ2X

Asaduddin Owaisi✔@asadowaisi
 UPDATE: I’d like to thank @SushmaSwaraj for personally updating me about MEA’s efforts in assisting Ahmed’s & Ahsan’s families reach NZ in time

We are in touch with @MEAIndiaMEA & they have assured us that they’re making all efforts to get the visa process expedited

Asaduddin Owaisi✔@asadowaisi
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.

I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the shooting, described as the country’s worst ever mass shooting, as a terrorist attack.

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".
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