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New Zealand attack - 3 men from Hyderabad among 50 killed

March 18, 2019

Two of the 50 people killed in the shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, are confirmed to be residents of Hyderabad. They are Farhaj Ahsan from India and Ozair Khalid. Khalid was a student and an aspiring commercial pilot.

Ahsan's family in Hyderabad has confirmed his death while Khadir' family was looking for him since the attack

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform that Farhaj Ahsan, one of the two Hyderabadi #ChristChurch victims has passed away. He's left behind his parents, spouse & children. I request everyone to pray for Farhaj and his family, as they deal with this great difficulty, - Asaduddin Owaisi, Chief, All India Majlis-e -Ittehadul Muslimeen

Nine Indians were missing in the attack and Ahsan's family was hoping for some good news. His father did not know about the shooting and phoned his son but could not reach him. Finally, Ahsan's wife told him about the shooting a few hours later.

Another Indian who was killed was from Kerala. Her name was Ancy Ali and she was 25 years old. She was a post-graduate student living in Christchurch with her husband.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condoled her death saying, "Deeply shocked to learn that a Keralite is among the victims of Christchurch(New Zealand) terror attack. We are following up with the embassy..Our thoughts are with the affected family".

Also injured critically is Ahmed Jehangir, also from Hyderabad. He had to undergo a surgery and is recovering.

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