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Indian mission in NZ confirms 5 dead in Christchurch terror attack

Press Trust of India  |  Christchurch 

Five Indians were among the 50 people killed by a white supremacist, who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, in the worst attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the said Sunday.

The attacker, identified by authorities as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, reportedly targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range.

The high commission confirmed on Sunday that five Indians were killed in the attack.

"With a very heavy heart we share the of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch," it tweeted.

It identified them as: Maheboob Khokhar; Ramiz Vora; Asif Vora; Ansi Alibava; and Ozair Kadir.

On Friday, shortly after the attack, India's in Sanjiv Kohli had tweeted that "there are 9 missing persons of indian nationality/origin". But, he added, official confirmation was awaited.

The High Commission said its helpline numbers & 021850033 will remain available round the clock to assist families of the those affected by the attack.

"We deeply mourn loss of all other innocent lives including people of Indian origin."

It also said a group of Community leaders is being constituted in Christchurch and their names and numbers will be circulated shortly.

Meanwhile, it added, those who need assistance while transiting through Auckland may contact

In a 74-page manifesto the attacker posted online, he described himself as a white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in perpetrated by Muslims.

has called the attack terrorism.

Expressing India's solidarity with the people of New Zealand, has said hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.

About 200,000 Indian and Indian-origin people live in Over 30,000 of them are students, according to the Indian High Commission's data available on its website.

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

First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 04:43 IST
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