POST TIME: 18 March, 2019 12:49:01 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 18 March, 2019 11:11:13 AM
Bangladeshi death toll rises to five
NZ mosque attacks

Bangladeshi death toll rises to five

Five Bangladeshi nationals were killed in the gruesome attacks in the two mosques of Christchurch of New Zealand on Friday that left 50 devotees killed. The deceased have been identified as Dr Abdus Samad, Husna Ara Parvin, Omar Faruk, Dr Mozammel Hoque and Zakaria Bhuiyan.

Shafiqur Rahman, honorary consul to the Consulate of Bangladesh in Auckland, confirmed this to the Independent yesterday. Rahman said that three other Bangladeshi nationals—Sajeda Akter Lipi, Sheikh Hasan Rubel and Mostassin Billah—are currently receiving medical treatment in a hospital. Lipi’s condition is said to be critical.

He also said they were following all the necessary procedures before handing over the bodies to the family members. The bodies will be handed over on Monday, he added.

Asked about whether any compensation would be paid to the family members of the deceased, Rahman said: “Compensations will be given in keeping with the laws of New Zealand. They will receive such compensations as per the status of their citizenship.” Asked whether the Bangladesh government would provide any compensation, the honorary consul said: “The Bangladesh government will assist if the family members want to bring the bodies home.”

Meanwhile, M Shahriar Alam, state minister for foreign affairs, told the media that the New Zealand government has already informed Bangladesh that it would allow one close relative of each victim to that country so that they could bring the bodies back home. Dr Samad’s family has decided to bury him locally and his elder son will join them from Bangladesh, he added.

About Dr Abdus Samad, Rahman said: “Dr Samad had delivered Azan at the mosque around a week back before the incident took place.”

He also urged all concerned to communicate through their hotline to know more about the victims and get other information. Two emergency contact numbers are +61 424 472544 and +61 450173035. Besides, Rahman can be reached at his mobile phone (+64 21024 65819).

Soon after the attack, the Bangladesh government through its foreign mission is closely monitoring the overall situation and engaging with the New Zealand authorities for the safety of Bangladeshi nationals. Moreover, the foreign ministry has sought the cooperation of the New Zealand government for the safety of the Bangladeshis living in New Zealand.

In addition, the foreign ministry has urged the Bangladeshi diaspora living there to remain calm, stay at indoors, avoid places of congregation and obey the instructions of the law enforcement agencies of New Zealand. At least fifty people were killed in the terror attacks on two separate mosques during the Jumaah prayers in Christchurch on March 15. The terror attacks were strongly condemned around the globe.