Christchurch: Nine people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing after Friday’s twin shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in which 49 people have died, the Indian envoy in New Zealand (NZ) has said. Two Indians have died in the attacks, a third is battling for his life, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of AIMIM (All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party) has said, reports NDTV.
The gunmen had struck during the Friday prayers, barging into the mosques and shooting at will. The carnage also continued outside where passers-by were targeted. 49 people died and around 20 were injured in the attacks.The shooting is being treated as terrorism, the motive racial, the police said after preliminary inquiries. One of the three persons arrested - an Australian in his late 20s - is considered the shooter. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called it one of the “darkest days” for the peaceful nation.
In a letter to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “strongly condemned the attacks”, the foreign ministry said.