Two persons from Telangana and one from Kerala are known to have died in the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, reports said on Saturday.
They were identified as Farhaj Ahsan, 31, a technology professional, and Mohammed Imran Khan, restaurateur, from Telangana and Anzi Ali Bhava, 27, from Kodungalloor, an M.Tech. student of an agricultural university in New Zealand.
The website familylinks.icrc.org, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the National Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies, reported all three as “missing.”
Khan last spoke to his wife before leaving for the mosque. Family members said he moved to New Zealand in 2002 and married a resident.
The couple had a son. Khan’s funeral would be held in New Zealand.
Farhaj Ahsan’s family in Hyderabad said they had been told of his death. He had moved to New Zealand in 2010.
A shaken Kashif Ahsan, Farhaj’s brother said, “We got a call from my sister-in-law. She told us of his death.”
Anzi Bavva, 27, wife of Ponnath Abadul Nazar of Thiruvallur, went to New Zealand with her husband a year ago, on getting admission for M.Tech. in an agriculture university there, her relatives said.
Her husband, Nazar, who was with Anzi at the time of shooting, had a narrow escape. He works in a private firm in New Zealand.
At least seven Indian nationals remain unaccounted for, according to indications at the official level. An unverified social media account of India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand reiterated that a number of Indians did not return home from the mosque. High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli said on Twitter that seven Indians and two persons of Indian origin were missing.
( With inputs from Kallol Bhattacherjee in New Delhi )