Kodungallur woman among 49 killed in NZ mosque shootings
Auckland: Officials have confirmed that a Malayali woman and another man from Gujarat was among the 49 people killed in the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.
One of the deceased was identified as Ansi Karippakulam Alibava (25) wife of Abdul Nazar, a native of Kodungallur, Thrissur. Officials have also confirmed that Muhammad Junath Khara, a native of Gujrat was also among the Indians killed.
Abdul Nazar, who was at the mosque when the terror attack took place, escaped unhurt. Ansi was an Agribusiness management student in Lincoln University.
Ansi’s family was informed of her demise in the evening on Saturday. Abdul Nazar is working at a private firm in New Zealand. The couple moved to New Zealand one year ago. Earlier, the family were informed that Ansi was hospitalized after sustaining injuries during the terror attack.
At the time of the terror attack, Ansi was at the mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch. Her name was included in the list of missing persons released by Red Cross. The list said that her father is Alibava and mother is Fathima.
India's High Commission in New Zealand on Saturday said that it has been pursuing with local authorities whereabouts of seven Indians and two Indian-origin persons after the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques.
"We have been pursuing with NZ auth whereabouts of 9 Indians, incl 2 PIOs. 2 indians receiving treatment. Following up with NZ Govt for others. Also r in regular touch with their families (sic)," the Twitter account of the Indian High Commission in New Zealand said.
At least 49 worshippers were killed on Friday in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city's outer suburb, in what appeared to be the worst attack on Muslims in a western country.