Hyderabad man injured in New Zealand mosque attack

Elias Hubbard
March 16, 2019

But news of the attack at the Masjid Al Noor mosque in New Zealand's Christchurch filled Nabi with fear: His devout and community minded father had been there.

"I ask for your prayers", she wrote.

As gunmen unleashed terror at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch, among the many who were shot at was Hyderabad-native Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir. "His brother Iqbal Jehangir is a resident of Hyderabad & would like to go to NZ for Ahmed's family (sic)", Mr Owaisi tweeted.

Another person of Indian origin who went to the same mosque is also now missing, tweeted Owaisi.

Three men have so far been taken into custody.

The gunman also broadcast livestream footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in the city of Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them "invaders", reported Reuters.

The mechanic rushed to the mosque as soon as he heard reports of the massacre, only to be told that his father, Daoud Nabi, 71, had thrown himself in front of another worshiper and been shot. "A video I received shows him lying on stretcher", Khursheed said in Hyderabad. His family members were safe. He was known for his outreach to refugees newly arriving to New Zealand. "I request the government to help me to get a visa so I can travel to New Zealand to take care of my brother", he added.

Mr Owaisi has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help their families. "His brother is serious and his family has little support".

Nine Indian-origin people missing after Christchurch shootings
A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch New Zealand taken in 2014

Meanwhile, Indian high commissioner to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli has said that nine people of Indian nationality/origin are reportedly missing following the attack.

Khursheed Jahangir reached out to Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who in turn, reached out to TRS Working President KT Rama Rao over Twitter.

Passerby Jill Keats tended to one of the injured victims outside the Al Noor mosque. He had no more details on the killing, however. "It is a sensitive matter and therefore we can't give confirmed numbers/names till we are absolutely certain", he said.

A man whose father was killed in yesterday's terror attack in Christchurch says it was a "cowardly act".

Expressing shock over the incident, the mission tweeted two contact numbers 021803899 and 021850033 for providing assistance.

He missed his first Friday prayer yesterday and was not there when his father was killed. Help us spread the word.

Yama said the killer was "heartless".

The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in Sydney, describing him as "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist". In the 1980s when Nabi was six, they emigrated from Afghanistan to New Zealand in the wake of the Soviet Union's invasion. There are over 30,000 Indian students in the country, according to the Indian High Commission's data on its website.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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