TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand Tantowi Yahya explained there were reportedly six Indonesians conducting Friday prayers during the deadly terror attack at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.
“They escaped the shooting. There were 3 who communicated with us and are still in hiding at residents’ homes. We have not managed to contact the other three. We hope there are no Indonesian casualties and the four reportedly injured will survive,” said Ambassador Tantowi to Tempo on Friday, March 15.
The three Indonesians currently in hiding are said to be university students, while the rest have yet to be identified. According to Tantowi, two Indonesian Embassy staff members in Wellington have flown to Christchurch to meet the Indonesians and gather more information.
The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for Friday prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.
Forty people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in the shootings at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, March 15, in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terrorist attack.
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