9 persons of Indian nationality or origin missing, says high commissioner of India to New Zealand

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 15, 2019, 07.10 PM (IST)

At least 9 people of Indian nationality or Indian origin are missing after Friday`s shootings at two mosques in New Zealand`s Christchurch left 49 people dead, High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli 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 tweeted. 

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Kohli also expressed his ''deep gratitude'' to members of the community of Christchurch for their rescue efforts, dedication and solidarity. 

''My deep gratitude to members of the community in Christchurch who are working thru the night to get updates for us on the victims of todays dastardly attack. Cant be a better example than this of dedication and solidarity,'' he said in another tweet.

Kohli tweet comes even as Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) reportedly said that two Indians have died in the attacks, a third is battling for his life.

According to the latest report, 49 persons lost their lives in the New Zealand mosque shootings which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a 'terrorist attack'. 

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Kohli tweet comes even as Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party (AIMIM) reportedly said that two Indians have died in the attacks, a third is battling for his life.