Six Indians were among the 50 people killed in shootings incidents at two separate mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The primary suspect, identified as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, was believed to be the lone gunman in the attack. The attacker targeted immigrants during prayers as he live-streamed the massacre.
Officials say nine Indian nationals or people of Indian origin are missing after the mosque attacks in Christchurch. India’s high commissioner to New Zealand, Sanjiv Kohli, tweeted Saturday that nine people were missing and called the attack a “huge crime against humanity”. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying that “hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies”. Along with information on the Indians who were killed in the attack, the high commission announced that the New Zealand immigration has set up a dedicated webpage to expedite visa for family members of the victims.
According to New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush, “The death toll in terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch rose to 50 with victims ranging in age from two years to over 60 years”. Recently police had said that 49 people were killed in the twin attacks. The victims included five Indian nationals.