New Zealand: 5 Indians among 50 killed in Mosque Shootings

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Five Indians have been killed in the horrific attack on two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, the Indian high commission tweeted.

The New Zealand police on Sunday confirmed that the death count in the horrific shootings has risen to 50. 

Two days after the deadly attack, the Indian high commission confirmed that five Indians were killed in the attack.

“With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch,” the tweet read mentioning the names of those who died.

Mr Maheboob Khokhar

Mr Ramiz Vora

Mr Asif Vora

Ms Ansi Alibava

Mr Ozair Kadir

“Our helpline numbers (021803899 & 021850033) will remain available round the clock to assist families as we together cope with our shared grief. We deeply mourn loss of all other innocent lives including people of Indian origin,” high commission said.

“Group of Community leaders is being constituted in Christchurch. Names and numbers will be circulated shortly. Those who need assistance while transiting through Auckland may contact our Hon Consul at 021531212,” it added.

“Immigration NZ has set up a dedicated page to expedite visa for family members of Christchurch victims,” high commission tweeted.

On Saturday, the High Commission tweeted, “We have been pursuing with NZ auth whereabouts of 9 Indians, incl 2 PIOs. 2 Indians receiving treatment. Following up with NZ Govt for others. Also, r in regular touch with their families.”

Kerala chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that Ancy Ali from Kerala was among the victims of the Christchurch terror attack. 

“Deeply shocked to learn that a Keralite is among the victims of Christchurch (New Zealand) terror attack. We are following up with the embassy through Norka Roots. Our thoughts are with the affected family.” Pinarayi Vijayan had said.

The primary suspect identified as Australia-born 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant was believed to be the lone gunman in the attack.