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Father, son from Gujarat feared missing in Christchurch after terror attacks

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Two men, both from the same family in Gujarat, are feared missing in following the terror attacks at two mosques in in which 49 people have been reported dead.

The father-son duo of and had attended Friday prayers at the Al Noor mosque, where the attack took place, family members said after failing to get in touch with them.

Worried after not hearing from them, the family has now sought Sushma Swaraj's help in the matter.

Mohsin Vohra, the brother of Vohra told ANI: "My nephew has been living in for the last seven to eight years. My brother and his wife went to 25 days ago because Rameez's wife gave birth and he had gone there to take care of the infant."

Mohsin added: "Rameez and Arif went to Al Noor for the Friday prayers when the firing began. After that, there has been no news about their whereabouts. We have not got any update on their condition."

Echoing similar sentiments, Saifil Vohra, another brother of Arif, said there was no update about his nephew and brother since the terror attacks took place in

"There is no update about my brother and my nephew I do not know whether they returned from the safely or not. I was in contact with them yesterday (before the shooting). I request the to give us an update soon," Saifil told ANI.

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 who were initially taken into custody, launched a "well-planned" attack on the mosques when devotees had assembled for the weekly prayers.

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.

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

A 28-year-old suspect, identified as appeared before a on Saturday on murder charges connected with Friday's terror attacks in Christchurch. He was remanded in custody without plea until April 5.

The terror attack suspect, who live-streamed for about 17 minutes his rampage through two mosques, is an Australian-born citizen and is a resident of Dunedin, situated around 360 km south of Christchurch.

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

Swaraj condemned 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" she said.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 07:51 IST