Hyderabad Man Shot At in New Zealand Mosque Massacre, Another Missing

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Ahmed Jehangir runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor Mosque, New Zealand.

Ahmed Jahangir’s brother wants to rush to New Zealand to be with his brother and sought the help of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who assured him all help.

HYDERABAD (IANS) — A man from Hyderabad was among those shot at and another was missing in the horrific massacre at one of the two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch city on Friday.

Ahmed Jehangir, who was at Al Noor Mosque for Friday prayers, was injured and taken to hospital, his brother Khursheed Iqbal Jehangir told IANS in Hyderabad.

“My brother was shot in his chest. A video I received shows him lying on stretcher,” Khursheed said.

Ahmed, settled in New Zealand for 15 years, runs a Hyderabadi food restaurant near Al Noor Mosque. His family members were safe.

An anxious Khursheed was waiting for more information from New Zealand. He wants to rush to New Zealand to be with his brother and sought the help of Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi.

Owaisi tweeted to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao about the incident.

Ahmed’s brother would like to go to New Zealand for his family, Owaisi said.

The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president requested Sushma Swaraj and Telangana CM to make necessary arrangements for Khursheed’s travel to New Zealand.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Working President K. T. Rama Rao said he would request NRI department to help the family.

Farhaj Ahsan missing

Another man from Hyderabad was also reported missing. Farhaj Ahsan, had gone to the same mosque for prayers and was listed missing after the attack by gunmen.

His father Mohammed Sayeeduddin and other family members were worried over Farhaj’s well-being and were waiting for information.

Farhaj, a software engineer, used to regularly offer Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque as he lives in a nearby neighbourhood with his wife and two children.

Like every day, Sayeeduddin rang up his son, unaware of what was going on at the mosque. “We speak to him over phone every day around afternoon and today being Friday I rang him around 8 a.m. but he did not respond,” he told IANS.

He then called his daughter-in-law, who informed him that there was an attack at the mosque and she also tried to reach Farhaj over his mobile phone.

She later went to hospital with a picture of her husband and after a long wait, the authorities told her that he is among 19 people missing.

“We are worried about his well-being and waiting for some information from there,” said Sayeeduddin, who lives in Nadeem Colony here.

Farhaj had gone to New Zealand 15 years ago and did his MS from Auckland University. He worked for various companies and had recently completely a project for a firm in Christchurch.

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