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Ministry of External Affairs and Indian High Commission is in touch with New Zealand Authorities over reports of nine Indian Origin people missing after terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Atleast 49 people have been killed and more than 20 seriously injured in mass shootings at two mosques when at least one gunman opened fire on worshippers.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said “Our mission is in touch with local authorities to ascertain more details. It is a sensitive matter and therefore we can't give confirmed numbers/names till we are absolutely certain.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says as one of the New Zealand’s Darkest days and country’s worst ever terrorist attack
“This is one of New Zealand's darkest days. It was an unprecedented act of violence,” she said.
She added, “the strongest possible condemnation of the ideology for those who did this, you may have chosen us, but ... we utterly reject and condemn you."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemns the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch today
The statement released by MEA said, “Prime Minister has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch today.
In a letter addressed to H. E. Ms. Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, he expressed his deepest condolences to the families bereaved in this dastardly attack, offered heartfelt prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured and underscored India’s solidarity with the friendly people of New Zealand at this difficult time.
The Prime Minister stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.”
By Sai Kumar