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Two Bangladeshis killed in NZ terror attack: Shahriar

Security in diplomatic zone tightened

Published : Sunday, 17 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 936
Diplomatic Correspondent

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Saturday said two Bangladeshi nationals were killed in the attack on two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch. The State Minister informed reporters of the revised death toll yesterday while he was addressing at a programme organized by the Diplomatic Correspon-dents Association of Bangladesh at Bangladesh
Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) Auditorium.
The State Minister said  the number had been based on initial reports from the expatriate community but the toll had been revised down to two after the victim identified as 'Mrs Samad' was found alive.
However, three Bangladeshi nationals have been missing since the attack and five others have been hospitalised with wounds.
The missing has been identified as Mozammel Haque, Zakaria Bhuiyan and Shaon. The wounded have been identified as Lipi, Muntasim, Sheikh Hassan Rubel, Shahjada Akhtar and Omor Farooq.
Lipi and Muntasim are in critical condition, the State Minister said.
"We are closely monitoring the situation through our Australia mission and I have already directed our honorary consul in New Zealand to rush to Christchurch from Wallington," Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen earlier said.
At least 49 people were killed after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch incident on Friday. Many others were injured.
Bangladesh Honorary Consul in Auckland Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan said on Friday three Bangladeshi nationals had been killed in the attack.
The dead were identified as Prof Abdus Samad and Hosne Ara Parvin in a statement published on the State Minister's Facebook page.
He said Bangladeshi expatriates in New Zealand informed him that four to five fellow countrymen were wounded in the near simultaneous attacks in the two mosques.
"We will get detailed information about the condition of Bangladeshi expatriates in Christchurch when our (honourary) consul reaches there" Momen said.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has tightened security in the Dhaka's diplomatic zone after the New Zealand mosque shootings.

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