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9 Indians feared missing in New Zealand after Christchurch terror attacks

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At least nine Indian nationals are feared missing in following the deadly terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch which killed 49 people, unofficial sources said.

Forty-nine people have been reported killed so far and at least 48 others have been wounded in the twin shootings according to police, which said it has taken four persons into custody - three men and one woman.

strongly condemned the terrorist attack stating that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic socieites. In a letter to New Zealand's Ardern, Modi expressed India's solidarity with the people of at this difficult time.

condemed the dastardly terror attack and put out the helpline numbers of the tagging for Indians requiring assistance. "Any Indian requiring assistance should contact on or 021850033" Swaraj said.

In his account (unverified) Kohli said, "As per updates received from multiple sources there are 9 missing persons of Indian nationality/ origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families."

Official confirmation about Indian casualties may take a while to come in.

said, "Our Mission is in touch with local authorities to ascertain more details. It is a sensitive matter and therefore we can't give confirmed numbers/names till we are absolutely certain."

"Assistance is being provided to the next of kin of those affected in getting appropriate visa to New Zealand. We will keep you updated as and when we have additional information," diplomatic sources said.

Meanwhile, one person in told ANI that his Ahmed Jahangir was injured in the shooting."My brother was injured and is now recovering in a hospital. He is currently undergoing We have seen in the video he has been shot in the chest. We're trying to reach the Embassy," told ANI.

Another person Mohammed Sayeeduddin, father of who is missing since shootings in Christchurch told ANI, "My son went to the to offer Friday prayers and has not returned yet. About 17 people are still missing. to find about the whereabouts and well being of my son."

Asaduddin Owaisi, of All Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party and tweeted about the incident "A video from #ChristChurch shows one who was shot. His brother is a resident of & would like to go to NZ for Ahmed's family," said Owaisi requesting the Working of and Sushma Swarj for visa assistance to the family.

"I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family, " Owaisi said in a tweet followed by passport details of the injured person's brother.

This was followed by another tweet where he thanked Swaraj for personally updating him about MEA's efforts in assisting Ahmed's & Ahsan's families to reach New Zealand.

Two men from in are also feared missing after the Christchurch attacks. Their family has sought help in tracing them.

In the worst ever terror attack in New Zealand, multiple gunmen carried out indiscriminate shootings at two mosques in Christchurch during the Friday prayers, leaving 49 people dead and at least 48 wounded, besides giving a scare to the cricket team which had a narrow escape.

Using automatic weapons, the gunmen, four of whom have been taken into custody, launched a "well-planned" attack on the mosques when devotees had assembled for the weekly prayers.

The cricket team members, who were in New Zealand for the third Test match with the hosts, had a narrow escape as they were barred from getting off their bus when they arrived to offer prayers at the Al Noor which was attacked. Meanwhile, the Test scheduled to start on Saturday was cancelled with immediate effect.

According to the police, 41 people were killed at Al Noor and seven at while one injured died in a hospital.

One of the perpetrators -- a white man apparently in the age group of 30 or 40 - live-streamed his gruesome act for about 17 minutes.

Several guns have been recovered from both mosques, while, two were found on two vehicles at the scene, one of which was defused, the police confirmed.

A man, in his late 20s, has been charged with murder and will appear in on Saturday. Two others arrested at the scene with guns are being investigated. A fourth person arrested may have had nothing to do with the attack, police said.

Australian confirmed that at least one attacker is an Australian citizen.

Condemning the terror strike, New Zealand's Prime Minister described it as a "terror attack" and said it "appears to have been well planned". She asserted that New Zealand "will not and cannot be shaken" by this attack.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 02:27 IST