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Bangladeshi death toll in NZ rises to five

  • Published at 01:15 pm March 17th, 2019
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A security official stands guard outside the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on Friday, March 15, 2019 AFP

Fifty people were killed in terror attacks on two mosques during Jummah prayers in Christchurch on March 15

Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Auckland Shafiqur Rahman has confirmed the deaths of five Bangladeshis in the March 15 terrorist attacks in Christchurch, in which 50 people have been killed in total.

The deceased are Dr Mozammel Hoque, Omar Faruk, Zakaria Bhuiyan, Husna Ara Parvin and Dr Abdus Samad.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, Consul Shafiqur said three others - Motassin Billah, Sheikh Hasa Rubel, and Sajeda Akter Lipi - are receiving treatment in the hospital, with Lipi's condition being critical.

The bodies will be handed over to families on Monday, he added.

Fifty people were killed in terror attacks on two mosques during Jummah prayers in Christchurch on March 15 (Friday).

"We are urging all concerned to communicate through our hotline numbers," he said.

Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Auckland Shafiqur Rahman can be contacted over his mobile phone (+64 21024 65819). 

Two additional numbers for emergency contact are +61 424 472544 and +61 450173035.

Following the gruesome terrorist attacks on the two mosques in Christchurch, the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra has intensely engaged with the New Zealand authorities for the safety of Bangladeshis in New Zealand, and the early safe exit of the Bangladesh national cricket team from New Zealand.

The incident had happened minutes before the Bangladesh cricket team arrived at one of the mosques.

The High Commission directly and through the Honorary Consul of Bangladesh in Auckland disseminated messages to the Bangladeshis living in New Zealand to remain calm, be indoors, avoid the places of congregation and obey the instructions of law enforcement agencies.

Shafiqur Rahman arrived at Christchurch Saturday morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims.

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