3 Bangladeshis among the dead

Four injured; several others missing

Special Correspondent

16 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Three Bangladeshi expatriates were killed and four others injured in the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand on Friday.

The deceased were identified as Dr Samad Azad, a professor of Lincoln University in New Zealand and also a former teacher of Bangladesh Agriculture University, his wife Sanjida Akhter and Hosne Ara Farid.

Critically injured Sajeda Akhter, Omar Faruq, Rubel and Muhtasim were receiving treatment after the shooting incident.

Shafiqur Rahman, consul general of Bangladesh, said on Friday afternoon that several other Bangladeshi expatriates were still missing.

Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a press note confirmed that three Bangladeshis died in the shooting and some others sustained injuries.

Bangladesh missions disseminated message to Bangladeshi expatriates in Christchurch and other parts of New Zealand to remain calm, be indoor, avoid places of congregation and obey the instructions of law enforcers.

An Australian-born rightist militant carried out the armed attack at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch during Jum’a prayers on Friday, killing 49 Muslims.

Another attack was launched in Lin Wood Islamic Centre mosque, six kilometres away from Al Noor mosque.

A press release issued by Bangladesh High

Commission, Canberra

said, “Following gruesome terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch today [Friday], Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra is intensely engaged with the New Zealand authorities for safety of members of Bangladesh diaspora and early safe exit of the Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand.”

The two attacks were made at Masjid Al Noor and Deans Avenue Mosque during the Friday prayers, said the news release sent by Md Sayfullah, commercial counsellor at High Commission of Bangladesh, Canberra.

The incident had happened minutes before the Bangladesh cricket team arrived at the mosque. The team members are safe at Hotel, though traumatised, it added.

“Among the casualties [about 50], there are reports of death of three persons of Bangladesh origin, and a few are critically injured. We still await details of them from the New Zealand security officials and hospital authorities officially.”

Honorary Consul of Bangladesh Shafiqur Rahman will arrive at Christchurch this morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims. He may be contacted at his mobile phone number +64 21024 65819.

Deputy High Commissioner Tareq Ahmed along with a Consular officer of the High Commission will also proceed to Christchurch at the earliest possible time today to provide all kinds of support. Ahmed may be contacted at his mobile phone number +61 450 657 046. Additionally, all the diplomats at Bangladesh High Commission, Canberra are available round the clock for information and assistance. Two additional numbers for emergency contact are +61 424 472544, +61 450173035.

The ‘terrorist’ who killed numerous worshippers in attacks at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch is a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship.

Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison identified the attacker as an Australian-born citizen and ‘an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist’.