Bangladesh’s High Commission to Australia so far confirmed three expatriates’ death in New Zealand’s Christchurch shooting at two mosques leaving 49 dead but feared attack to have critically wounded several other Bangladeshis. “Among the casualties (about 50) there are reports of death of three persons of Bangladesh origin, and a few are critically injured,” the high commission said in a statement. It, however, added: “We still await details of them from the New Zealand security officials and hospital authorities officially.”
Bangladesh does not have any embassy in New Zealand as Dhaka’s High Commissioner in Canberra is concurrently accredited to the neigbouring country. But the statement said the Canberra mission kept in touch with Bangladeshis in New Zealand and particularly in Christchurch directly and through Dhaka’s honorary consul in Auckland and asked them to remain calm, try to stay indoors and avoid places of congregation. They were simultaneously asked to follow the directives of the New Zealand authorities’ security directives against the backdrop of the situation. “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 told BSS. 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 details information about the condition of Bangladeshi expatriates in Christchurch when our (honourary) consul reaches there” Momen said. The Canberra mission statement, meanwhile, said honorary consul Shafiqur
Rahman would reach Christchurch tomorrow morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims. “He may be contacted at his mobile phone number +64 21024 65819,” it read. Bangladesh Deputy High Commissioner to Australia Tareq Ahmed along with a Consular officer will also proceed to Christchurch at the earliest possible time tomorrow to provide all kinds of support, said the release.