New Zealand mosque attack: Indian from Hyderabad battles for life; family pleads for visa

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First Published 15, Mar 2019, 8:11 PM IST
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New Zealand mosque attack: Indian from Hyderabad battles for life; family pleads for visa
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An Indian restaurant owner from Hyderabad, Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, is severely injured in the New Zealand mosque terror attack. He is currently battling for life in the hospital.
 

Hyderabad: Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, a native of Hyderabad from India, was severely injured in the attack on two mosques in New Zealand. Currently, he is battling for his life in the hospital. The death toll has risen to 49 and 20 are severely injured.

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Jahangir has a wife and two children aged three and five.  It is reported that two of the victim's friends were killed in the terror attack. Jahangir had gone for his Friday prayers when the blast occurred.  Jahangir had visited his house in Hyderabad seven months ago.

Jahangir's family ran a restaurant in Christchurch. They have requested the Telangana government to process the visa of Jahangir's brother  Mohammed Khursheed, so that he can travel to New Zealand during this difficult time.

Khursheed tried to contact Telangana MP Asaduddin Owaisi about the same. Owaisi in return has spoken to ministry of external affairs Sushma Swaraj and requested her to make necessary arrangements for the family to reach New Zealand.

Owaisi took to Twitter to appeal for help: "A video from #ChristChurch shows one Ahmed Jehangir who was shot. His brother Iqbal Jehangir is a resident of Hyderabad & would like to go to NZ for Ahmed’s family."

 

Jacinda Ardern, Prime minister of New Zealand condemned the terror attack. "What has happened in Christchurch is an extraordinary act of unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities – New Zealand is their home – they are us," she stated.

 

Reports state that at the time of attack, the Bangladesh cricket team was inside the church, but are safe. The Bangladesh team is in New Zealand for an ongoing cricket series.    

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