The Hush Post | 8:13 pm | Two-minute read |
Nine persons of Indian-origin are reportedly missing in New Zealand after the Friday’s horrific shooting incident. The mass shooting incidents at two mosques in Christchurch have claimed at least 49 lives. 20 people are seriously injured.
Some media reports suggest that the deceased include some Indians too, though no official confirmation has been made. The Indian High Commissioner in New Zealand, Sanjeev Kohli informed that preliminary reports indicate that two Indians and four persons of Indian origin have been killed in the shooting spree.
He, however, made it clear that it was not the official information and the New Zealand government was yet to confirm it.
Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), has claimed that two Hyderabad residents were killed in Christchurch. Owaisi said in a tweet that two men of Indian origin – Ahmed Jehangir and Farhaj Ahsan – were among those shot dead. Another Indian in seriously injured, he added.
Well-planned terror attack
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was a well-planned terror attack. Media reports said that a man named Brenton Tarrant is the shooter. The 28-year-old man of Australian origin live-streamed the shooting for 17 minutes. He entered the mosque and went on a shooting spree.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that one of the four people taken into custody is Australian.