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India in touch with N Zealand authorities after mosque shootings

Press Trust of India  |  Christchurch/New Delhi 

on Friday said its was ascertaining more details about the possibility of being affected by the terror attacks on two mosques and urged the community to contact the mission for any assistance.

At least 49 worshippers were killed in attacks on the in central and the in the city's outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country.

In New Delhi, said that in is in touch with local authorities for more information.

"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," he said.

Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi, of Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party, said that an Indian has been shot at in the incident.

"A video from #shows one who was shot. His brother is a resident of & would like to go to NZ for Ahmed's family.

"I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family," he said in a tweet.

"These are Mr. Khursheed's passport details. His brother is serious & his family has little support. I'm only requesting the immediate support of your good offices in expediting his visa process. He'll make all arrangements to travel to NZ by himself," Owaisi said in a other tweet.

said that any Indian national affected by the attacks on two Christchurch mosques can contact the mission for assistance.

Expressing shock over the incident, the mission tweeted two contact numbers and for providing assistance.

"We are shocked to hear about the shooting in Christchurch. Any needing assistance should contact us at or 021850033," the account of the Indian said.

"Our prayers go out to everyone who is affected. Help us spread the word. Stay safe!!" it said.

Witnesses said that victims being shot at close range, with women and children believed to be among those killed.

The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen, Australian said in Sydney, describing him as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

Approximately 200,000 Indian and Indian-origin people live in New Zealand. There are over 30,000 Indian students in the country, according to the Indian High Commission's data on its website.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 18:15 IST
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