New Zealand Mosque Massacre: 49 Die, 9 Indians Missing

Christchurch: At least nine people of Indian nationality or Indian origin are missing after Friday’s shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch left 49 people dead, High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli said.

At least 49 people were killed when gunmen opened indiscriminate fire at two mosques — Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Avenue Mosque — in Christchurch city on Friday in what a shocked New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terror attack.

Calling the shootings “abhorrent”, Christchurch Police Commissioner Mike Bush said 41 people were killed at the Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park and seven at the Linwood Avenue Mosque. One person died in hospital, The New Zealand Herald reported.

The gunman targeted the men’s prayer room in the mosque and then moved to the women’s room.

The Bangladesh cricket team now touring New Zealand had a narrow escape as the entire team had gone to one of the mosques near Hagley Park for Friday prayers.

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