#NewZealandTerrorAttack: Indian High Commission issues helpline numbers for victims' families
Releasing the list of five Indians who were brutally killed along with 45 others in New Zealand Christchurch attack on Friday, the Indian High Commission today announced a set of helpline numbers to help the families of victims.
In the worst attack on Muslims in New Zealand, a white supremacist, identified as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, opened fire on worshippers during their Friday prayers.
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Attacker targeted immigrants during Friday prayers, shot at close range
Tarrant reportedly targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said the victims were shot at close range.
The Indian High Commission confirmed today that five Indians were killed in the attack.
"With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch," it said in a tweet.
High Commission shared the list of Indians killed in attack
The High Commission identified the deceased as Maheboob Khokhar, Ramiz Vora, Asif Vora, Ansi Alibava, and Ozair Kadir. In another tweet later, it informed that Immigration New Zealand has set up a dedicated webpage to expedite the visa for the family members of Christchurch victims.
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Helpline numbers available round the clock to assist victims' families
The High Commission said its helpline numbers 021803899 & 021850033 will remain available round the clock to assist families of the those affected by the attack.
Meanwhile, it added, those who need assistance while transiting through Auckland may contact 021531212.
The Indian High Commission also shared the list of support groups to assist the family members of the victims.
Support groups established in Christchurch. Contact details here
A Support Group has been estd in #Chch to assist families:— India in New Zealand (@IndiainNZ) March 16, 2019
Dr. S.Sachdev 021476453
Dr. A.Puri 0211218407
Dr. V.Singh 0212371087
Mr. Mohiuddin 211280040
Dr. Diwaker 0273291026
Mr. H.Reddy 0274922601@kohli_sanjiv @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj @BhavDhillonnz
PMs of New Zealand and India condemn the 'terrorist' attack
In a 74-page manifesto the attacker posted online, he described himself as a white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.
While New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack "terrorism", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.
About 200,000 Indian and Indian-origin people live in New Zealand.