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5 Indians among 50 killed in New Zealand Mosque shootings say Envoy

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 17 March 2019, 10:52 IST
New Zealand Mass shooting

After the deadly attack in New Zealand at two mosques, five Indians have been declared dead among the 50 people who were gunned down, the Indian High Commission has tweeted on Sunday.

After the New Zealand police and the administration confirmed that 50 people have died in the horrific mass killing by the primary suspect, identified as Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, the Indian High Commission detailed about the deceased from the Indian origin.

The High Commission tweeted, “With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch Mr. Maheboob Khokhar, Mr. Ramiz Vora, Mr. Asif Vora, Ms Ansi Alibava, Mr. Ozair Kadir.”

After receiving the news that a 25-year old woman from Kerala, Ansi Ali, died in the attack, CM Pinarayi Vijayan reacted over the incident and said, “Deeply shocked to learn that a Keralite is among the victims of Christchurch (New Zealand) terror attack. We are following up with the embassy through Norka Roots. Our thoughts are with the affected family.”

The Indian High Commission in New Zealand further informed that they have setup a webpage to fasten the process of visa for the family members, adding the helpline numbers which would be available round the clock.

High Commission tweeted, “Our helpline numbers (021803899 & 021850033) will remain available round the clock to assist families as we together cope with our shared grief. We deeply mourn loss of all other innocent lives including people of Indian origin.”

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First published: 17 March 2019, 7:54 IST