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Indian-origin man injured in NZ mosque shootings

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

An Indian-origin man was injured in the Christchurch terror attacks, his relatives residing in said Friday.

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

Khursheed Jahangir, brother of Jahangir, said his brother was injured during the attack and is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Christchurch.

"He is injured.He is recovering in a hospital now. The latest information we received is that he is undergoing a surgery. We have seen the video.

He has been shot in the chest and we are trying to reach people and local helpline numbers," Khursheed said.

He said he spoke to for help in reaching out to authorities for a visa and other formalities to go to to see his brother.

Khursheed said he has visited twice and described it as one of the "safest" places in the world.

tweeted requesting External Affairs and the Governments help to enable the family to go to

"I request @KTRTRS @TelanganaCMO @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj to make necessary arrangements for the Khursheed family," Owaisi 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.

Hell make all arrangements to travel to NZ by himself," Owaisi said in another tweet.

Reacting to Owaisis request, working and former KT tweeted "Saab, Will request our NRI department to assist."

Owaisi, in another tweet, said "Farhaj Ahsan, a person of Indian origin, was also reported to have gone to the same mosque and is currently missing.

His family is in Hyderabad, I request immediate assistance to his family as well.

His familys contact details are available with me & Ill share the same with you."


Farhaj Ahsan's parents could not be reached.

Suresh Kumar, a family friend of Ahmed Iqbal, said in a video footage they could see images of Iqbal, who runs a restaurant in New Zealand, at a mosque when the attack took place.

"Since then we (Iqbal's family in Hyderabad) have been trying to reach him. We could not reach him over phone. His wife is in a state of shock.

We have sought the state governments help to send to New Zealand," Kumar said.

According to Suresh, has been living in New Zealand for over a decade and settled there.

He has two children and is said to have permanent residency of that country.

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

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

First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:45 IST
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