TRI News : The Indian High Commission tweeted Sunday that in the worst attack in New Zealand, five of the 50 people in the firing on two mosques were five Indians.
New Zealand Police confirmed today that the number of deaths in the fierce firing has increased to 50 and that the primary suspect, identified as Australia-born Brenton Trent, was considered the lone gunman in the attack.
The attacker allegedly targeted the indigenous people during the Friday prayers because he shot those who watched the 17-minute event closely.
Two days after the fatal attack, the High Commission confirmed that five Indians were killed in the attack.
“With very heavy mind we share the news of the loss of the precious lives of our 5 citizens in the horrific terrorist attack in #Christchurch,” the name of those who died in the tweets has been mentioned.
Along with information about the Indians killed in the attack, the High Commission announced that New Zealand’s immigration has established a dedicated webpage to accelerate the visa for the members of Christchurch victims.
In New Zealand’s Twitter account, India has also shared the helpline numbers round-the-clock for help in times of grief.
The Indian High Commission tweeted on Saturday that it is pursuing the place of 9 Indians along with the local officials, including 2 persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and they are in regular contact with their families.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday confirmed that a 25-year-old woman from Kerala was Anis Ali in the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarani Vijayan had said that to know that one of the victims of Christchurch (New Zealand) terrorist attack is among the victims of Christchurch (New Zealand). We are following the embassy Our thoughts are with the affected family.
Fijian Ahsan’s family members, one of the people of Indian origin killed in the mass killing of New Zealand, had also confirmed to news agency IANS on Saturday that he had died.
Immediately after the attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his solidarity with the New Zealand PM Jackkin Ayrden that there was no place for hatred or violence in diverse and democratic societies.
The 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tavern, a dubious white supremacist, wrote a “declaration” before executing the assault, in which immigrants were shown as “invaders”. The manifesto talks about the invasion of India with China and Turkey. Tavern also described these countries as “a potential enemy of the enemy”, according to Reuters.
About 200,000 Indian and Indian origin people live in New Zealand According to the data available on the website of the Indian High Commission, more than 30,000 of them are students.