At least three Bangladeshi people were killed and several others injured in a terrorist attacks on Friday while performing Jumma prayers at two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand.
49 people have been killed and scores were wounded in the incidents, according to media report.
Two Bangladeshi deceased were identified as former Bangladesh Agricultural University Professor Abdus Samad and Hosne Ara Farid of Biswanath upazila of Sylhet district.
Dr Nazmun Ratna who teaches Economics at Lincoln University confirmed death of the two Bangladeshis who were performing prayers at Al Noor Mosque.
She could not mention the name of the third deceased.
The two attacks were made at Masjid Al Noor at Linwood neighbourhood and Deans Avenue Mosque during the Friday prayers.
Bangladesh High Commission also confirmed three deceased Bangladeshis, who became victims of the attacks.
‘The incidents had happened minutes before the Bangladesh national cricket team arrived at a mosque,’ said Bangladesh mission.
A gunman broadcast livestream footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a ‘manifesto’ in which he denounced immigrants, calling them ‘invaders’, according to Reuters.
The video footage widely circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, showed him driving to one mosque, entering it and shooting randomly at people inside. Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the footage.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terrorist attack and one of New Zealand's "darkest days". It is the nation's deadliest attack.
A gunman identifying himself as an Australian live-streamed the rampage at Al Noor mosque to Facebook. He had espoused racist anti-immigrant views.