At least 9 people of Indian nationality or Indian origin have been listed as missing after Friday’s Christchurch shootings at two New Zealand mosques, Indian envoy to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted, citing updates received from multiple sources.
A gunman stormed into two mosques and opened fire killing 49 people and leaving 20 others injured during Friday prayers in the country’s worst mass shooting every. The attacker live-streamed footage of him going room-to-room, victim to victim, shooting the wounded from close range as they struggled to crawl away. Identified as an Australian extremist, the gunman had also published a “manifesto”, in which he referred to immigrants as “invaders”.
New Zealand was placed on high security alert immediately and four people have been taken into custody, with one of them being charged with murder. Indian External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Indian mission in New Zealand is in touch with local authorities to find out more details. He said it is a “sensitive matter” and therefore more details can’t be shared.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that among the missing nine people of Indian origin is Ahmed Jahangir, who hails from Hyderabad. Owaisi put out two tweets in which he tagged external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj saying that a video from Christchurch “shows one Ahmed Jehangir who was shot”.