One Pakistani martyred, 7 injured in New Zealand terror attack, says Pakistani HC
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – A Pakistan was martyred while seven Pakistanis injured in the terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, it was confirmed by Pakistan High Commissioner in New Zealand Dr Abdul Malik while talking to 92 News on Friday.
He said that the condition of all injured is stated to be out of danger. “We are in touch with the families of Pakistani victims,” he said. “We have information about the missing of five Pakistanis in the attack. However, the New Zealand government has not confirmed it.”
He said that a helpline had been set up in Pakistan High Commission and they are in touch with the local administration. “Pakistanis can contact us through our website for getting information about their loved ones.”
Hafiz Yasir, a resident of Hafizabad whose father Muhammad Amin was injured in the attack, said he with his father had gone to mosque to offer the Friday prayers where the attacker started shooting outside the mosque.
He said that he was away from the mosque and could not know about the conditions inside the mosque. Three bullets hit Muhammad Amin’s chest and ribs and he is being treated in hospital.
In New Zealand, 49 people were killed when gunmen targeted worshippers in two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch on Friday.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush said forty-nine people were killed at two mosques and one man in his late 20s charged with murder. The incidents occurred at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch and a mosque in the suburb of Linwood.
A gunman broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque, after publishing a manifesto in which he denounced immigrants. One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman was white and wearing a helmet and a bulletproof vest. The man burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.
Addressing a news conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident as terrorism.
She said four people in police custody, three men and one woman, held extremist views but had not been on any police watch list.