Christchurch, March 16: A day after the New Zealand terror attack that left 49 people dead, whereabouts of seven people of Indian nationality and two of Indian origin remained unknown on Saturday. India's High Commissioner to New Zealand, Sanjeev Kohli, said he was in touch with authorities and families of missing persons. Of the nine, seven are Indian nationals and two are of Indian origin, Kohli said.
"Hv been pursuing info on whereabouts of 9 persons from NZ authorities, these included 7 indian nationals and 2 PIOs. Two indian nationals receiving treatment. Folowing up with NZ Govt. status of others. Also r in regular touch with their families (sic)," Kohli tweeted. Earlier, it was confirmed that two persons from Hyderabad were shot when a gunman opened fire at them during Friday prayers in Al Noor Mosque. Who Is Brenton Tarrant, The Australian 'Right-Wing Terrorist' Who Live Streamed Christchurch Mosque Shooting?
Ahmed Jehangir, a man from Hyderabad, was among those shot at in the horrific massacre. He was injured and taken to hospital, his brother Khursheed Iqbal Jehangir said. Ahmed runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor Mosque. Another man from Hyderabad was also reported missing. Farhaj Ahsan had gone to the same mosque for prayers and was listed missing after the attack. His family is worried over Farhaj's well-being. New Zealand Mosque Shooting Was Live Streamed on Facebook by Shooter, Graphic Video Goes Viral.
Gunmen said to be whites opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques -- Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Avenue Mosque -- in Christchurch during prayers in what New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack. A gunman, identified as Brenton Harrison Tarrant, is an Australian citizen who was described as an "extremist right-wing violent terrorist" by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj condemned the dastardly terror attack and put out the helpline numbers of the Indian High Commission in New Zealand tagging High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli for Indians requiring assistance. "Any Indian requiring assistance should contact Indian High Commission in New Zealand on 021803899 or 021850033," Swaraj said.