The death toll in Friday’s terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch rose to 50 with victims ranging in age from two years to over 60 years, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said on Sunday. Earlier, police had said that 49 people were killed in the twin attacks. The victims included five Indian nationals.
At least five Indians, including three individuals from Gujarat, were killed in Friday’s shooting incidents at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was the deadliest attack the country has witnessed in decades.d
The Indian High Commission in New Zealand has now confirmed that the five dead Indians in that two Indian nationals and two persons of Indian-origin people were injured in the attack were receiving medical treatment.The Commission put out on its official Twitter handle the names of the five Indian nationals Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz Vora, Aarif Vora, Ansi Alibava and Ozair Kadir who were killed in the attack.
The Indian High Commission in New Zealand has set up a support group in Christchurch to assist the families of the victims. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said Indians who need assistance in the country may contact the Indian High Commission in New Zealand on 021803899 or 021850033.
New Zealand has set up a web page on its immigration websites to assist families of the victims in their visa applications. “Immigration New Zealand has priority processing for the families of the people killed or injured in the mass shooting at the Masjid Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch,” the statement said. “We recognise this is a difficult time, and will process your visa application with urgency.”
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that one of the people killed in the attacks was from his state. “Deeply shocked to learn that a Keralite is among the victims of Christchurch terror attack,” Vijayan said. “We are following up with the embassy through Norka Roots. Our thoughts are with the affected family.”