Five Pakistani-origin men go missing after Christchurch attack

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Five Pakistani-origin men in Christchurch are missing after the mosque shooting that took place earlier in the day, according to Pakistan’s high commissioner in New Zealand.

This news was tweeted by Adil Shahzeb, a prominent journalist and the host of Barri Baat–a current affairs talk show.

Shahzeb claimed that Pakistan’s high commissioner to New Zealand spoke to him on his show and informed him that five Pakistani men have gone missing after the Christchurch attack.

“The high commission is in contact with the families of the victims,” he said.

He later tweeted the names and ages of the Pakistani-origin men who had gone missing after the shooting.

Muhammad Suhail Shahid (36 years). Syed Areeb Ahmad (26 years), Syed Jehandad Ali (34 years), Talha Naeem (21 years) and Muhammad Zahid.

The quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch was struck by two deadly attacks on Friday, with 49 people killed and another 20 seriously injured after gun assaults on mosques as Muslims worshipped.

During afternoon prayers on Friday, a gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, killing forty-one.

Another seven were slain at a second mosque five kilometres away in suburban Linwood, three of them outside the building. It is unclear where the remaining victim died.

Witnesses said some victims were shot at close range, with a Palestinian man at one of the mosques saying he saw someone shot in the head.

He described shots fired in quick succession and scenes of panic as people started running out “covered in blood”.

Another said he saw his wife lying dead outside as he escaped, with one more saying he witnessed children being shot.