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New Zealand terror attack: Foreign minister says no lack of coordination over info of victims

The exact number of casualties not yet confirmed by the Bangladesh mission

Update : 17 Mar 2019, 11:13 PM

Foreign Minister, Dr AK Abdul Momen, has said there is no lack of coordination between his ministry and officials deployed at the grounds of the New Zealand Mosque attack, regarding information on Bangladeshi nationals.

He expressed his doubt about the actual number of Bangladeshi deaths in the Christchurch Mosque attack, speaking at a seminar, “Bangabandhu in the International Arena,” as chief guest, at the National Press Club on Sunday.

Bangladesh Study Trust arranged the program marking the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s, 99th birth anniversary.

H said: “Our mission did not yet confirm the exact number of casualties, though we heard the number is four earlier, and now it is eight, which we came to know through the media.”

“There is no lack of coordination between our mission over there, with us. We are in constant contact with them,” said Momen.

“Hospitals in Christchurch have not disclosed the exact number of Bangladeshi deaths. Therefore, we are unsure of the exact number of casualties. Once confirmed, we will let you know,” the minister said.  

“Heads of state and government get special protection abroad. Apart from that, we have to pay if we want security for others.

The foreign minister said they have calculated how much financial support it might take to bring back the bodies from New Zealand and the government will provide all the necessary support.

Highlighting Bangladesh’s proposed “culture of peace,” he said all should have a mindset of tolerance and respect for others, irrespective of religion, culture, ethnicity, and colour.

State Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Murad Hasan, spoke at the seminar as a special guest and former ambassador, AKM Atiqur Rahman, presented the keynote paper.

Dr Mamun Al Mahtab Shapnil, Dr Nuzhat Choudhury, Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) General Secretary, Nurul Islam Hasib, also spoke at the program, while Prof Dr Uttam Kumar Barua presided over the seminar.

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