Indian-Origin People Missing After Mosque Shootings: Indian Envoy To New Zealand

Indian-Origin People Missing After Mosque Shootings: Indian Envoy To New Zealand

Indian-Origin People Missing After Mosque Shootings: Indian Envoy To New Zealand

In New Zealand, at least 49 people have died, and dozens have been hospitalized with gunshot wounds, after a gunman attacked two mosques in the city of Christchurch during Friday prayers. He also denied speculation that the hospital had also been attacked. Three other people are also in custody.

Witnesses have said there were "hundreds" of people inside the mosque at the time of the shooting.

Two mosques in Christchurch were attacked Friday around the time of afternoon prayers.

Speaking to 1 NEWS President of the Federation of Islamic Associations NZ Dr Mustafa Farouk says the shooter picked the day with the largest congregation at Masjid Al Noor mosque.

A second witness, Faisal Sayed, also described seeing the mosque worker's heroic actions.

Mr Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his drive, and fled.

"I saw dead people everywhere".

Schools have gone into lockdown and people have been urged to stay indoors. "It's unbelievable nutty. I don't understand how anyone could do this to these people, to anyone. It's ridiculous", he added.

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This type of attack is extremely rare in New Zealand. According to AP, the accused was not a member of any organisation but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups.

A man who claimed responsibility for the attack said he was a 28-year-old Australian and described anti-immigrant motives in a manifesto.

Is the video of the incident available online? Tarrant has been charged by New Zealand authorities after being apprehended by police.

YouTube's handling of the footage drew criticism from British Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson, who argued that if the site can't halt the dissemination of the videos, it should suspend new uploads across the board. The New Zealand Herald confirms that Twitter has suspended an account with that name.

What happened after the attack?

"My condolences to all the people and communities of Christchurch and New Zealand", Ms Kaljulaid wrote on social media on Friday.

Meanwhile, New Zealand police said they were hunting for "an active shooter" in the centre of Christchurch city.

"There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was", Ardern said.

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