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Jakarta Post

Indonesian father, son injured in Christchurch mosque shooting

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 15, 2019   /   04:59 pm
Indonesian father, son injured in Christchurch mosque shooting This picture released by Radio New Zealand shows ambulances rushing to a mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15. A gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities. (AFP/Radio New Zealand)

An Indonesian citizen and his son were injured in a Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand on Friday, the Foreign Ministry has said.

“The father is being taken care of at the intensive care unit and the son is in the general ward at the Christchurch Public Hospital,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said on Friday in Jakarta.

The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington told The Jakarta Post that they received information that the two were shot by a gunman at the Linwood mosque.

The embassy is intensively coordinating with local authorities, hospitals and Indonesian communities in Christchurch, Arrmanatha said.

As many as 330 Indonesians live in Christchurch, 134 of whom are students, according to ministry data.

The embassy sent a team to Christchurch to monitor further developments and set up hotline numbers, +64211950980 and +64223812065, that can be contacted by those who seek information or any consular assistance.

Attacks on two crowded mosques – Linwood and Al-Noor – during Friday prayers in New Zealand’s coastal city have left at least 49 people dead, AFP reported.

Previously, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said there were six Indonesians praying at the Al-Noor mosque when a gunman opened fire on worshipers – three of whom managed to flee to safety while the whereabouts of the three others were unknown. (ipa)