Christchurch terrorist attack: 9 people of Indian-origin missing , says Indian envoy

Christchurch: Nine people from India or of Indian origin are reported to be missing following Friday’s mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, the Indian envoy in New Zealand has said.

“As per updates received from multiple sources there are nine missing people 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.

Modi condemns attacks

In a letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “strongly condemned the attacks”, the foreign ministry said.

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”.

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

The gunmen had struck during the Friday prayers, barging into the mosques and shooting at will. The carnage also continued outside where passers-by were targeted. 49 people died and around 20 were injured in the attacks.