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Christchurch Shootings: Imam In Critical Condition

More than 48 have been injured, including those linked to Fiji.
16 Mar 2019 10:05
Christchurch Shootings: Imam In Critical Condition
Imam Hafiz Musa Patel has been confirmed as one of the Fijians shot during the deadly terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.

An Imam who spent a better part of his life teaching at the Lautoka Mosque has been confirmed as one of the Fijians shot during the deadly terror attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, yesterday.

President of Fiji Muslim League Hafizud Dean Khan last night confirmed that Imam Hafiz Musa Patel was in hospital after being shot. Mr Khan and officials of Fiji Muslim League were keeping close tabs on the progress last night.

By the time this edition went to press last night, New Zealand Police confirmed 49 dead in the terror attacks at two mosques in Christchurch – Al Noor at Deans Avenue and Linwood Mosque.

More than 48 have been injured, including those linked to Fiji.

The attacks were carried out by at least two terrorists, one Australian, while the identity of a second terrorist is yet to be revealed. Close family sources of Mr Patel have revealed that he was in critical condition when this edition went to press.

Other Fijian sources at the scene confirmed that those who were brought to the Christchurch Hospital were yet to be identified.

Family members had been asked to produce the identification cards of victims and those recovering.

Four people, three men and a woman, have been arrested for their role in the terror attacks which shocked the communities in New Zealand.

The Imam’s son, Ikram Patel, last night in a Viber message informed friends and family members not to follow any unconfirmed information about his father on social media. He has also asked for prayers for his family and the rest of the victims.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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