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9 people of Indian origin missing in New Zealand mosque attack

March 16, 2019

Nine people from India are among those who have gone missing in the twin shootings at two mosques in Christchurch in New Zealand. The final death toll has been confirmed at 49 while 20 people have been injured in the attack that happened during Friday prayers.

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. - Sanjiv Kohli, Indian High Commissioner

The shooting is being treated as an act of terrorism and the motive was racial. Authorities said they had four people in custody, three men and one women, but later clarified that only three were believed to have been involved in the violence. .One of the three people arrested is an Australian man in his late 20s. They did not spare even women and children. Reportedly, this is one of the worst attacks at Muslims in a western country and the attack was live streamed on Facebook.

Authorities asked all Muslims across the country to refrain from going to mosques until the situation calms down. The entire country has been put on high alert. World leaders and members from the international community condemned the attack.

"I strongly condemn the terror attack against the Al Noor Mosque in #NewZealand and Muslim worshippers", said Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey.

The attack was well planned and the most of the victims were shot at gun point. Videos and images of the attack have been doing the rounds in social media too.

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