7 Indians, 2 of Indian origin still missing after New Zealand mosque shootouts

On Friday, the Twitter account of India’s High Commissioner in New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted: “As per updates received from multiple sources there are 9 missing persons of indian nationality/ origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families”.

In New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Friday that India’s High Commission in New Zealand is in touch with local authorities for more information.

India’s High Commission has said that any Indian national affected by the attacks on two Christchurch mosques can contact the mission for assistance.

The mission has tweeted two contact numbers 021803899 and 021850033 for providing assistance. Witnesses said that victims being shot at close range, with women and children believed to be among those killed.

The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in Sydney, describing him as “an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist”.

Approximately 200,000 Indian and Indian-origin people live in New Zealand. There are over 30,000 Indian students in the country, according to the Indian High Commission’s data on its website.