Today, the shooting at Christ Church treated as terrorism, the motive racial, the police suspect after preliminary inquiries. One of the three men arrested – an Australian in his late 20s – is considered the shooter.
After this morning’s twin shootings at two mosques, 9 people from India or of Indian origin have gone missing in Christchurch in which 49 people have died, the Indian envoy in New Zealand 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.
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.
“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,” High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli.