Hyderabadi Youth Aspiring to Become Pilot Among 50 Dead in Christchurch

Three men confirmed dead in Christchurch mosques shooting are from Telangana including a youth from Hyderabad aspiring to become a pilot.

Caravan News

NEW DELHI — Among the 50 dead in horrifying and indiscriminate shooting at worshippers during Friday prayers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, three are confirmed belong to Telangana only.

A youth from Hyderabad aspiring to become a commercial pilot is the third man from Telangana confirmed dead.

Farhaj Ahsan and Mohammed Imran Khan are the other two men from Telangana killed but their names did not figure in the list.

Ozair Khadir, 25, a resident of Noor Khan Bazar area in the old city of Hyderabad, was in the list of Indians named by the Indian High Commission in New Zealand as those who died in the Christchurch attack.

Khadir, who was undergoing training of commercial pilot in Christchurch, was at Al Noor mosque to offer Friday prayers when a terrorist opened fire.

Initially, Khadir was listed among the missing but later the authorities confirmed that he was among the dead, leaving the family crestfallen.

Khadir was born in Saudi Arabia. He wanted to become a pilot like his elder brother and had gone to New Zealand a year ago, according to relatives. His parents still live in Saudi Arabia.

Victim’s Elder brother, Omair Khadir is a commercial pilot in Singapore and is reported to rush to New Zealand after this unfortunate news and is making arrangements to bring his body home.

Their parents, who live in Saudi Arabia, were also heading to New Zealand.

Besides Khadir, Ahsan, 31, a software engineer from Hyderabad and Imran Khan, 35, a restaurateur hailing from Karimnagar district, were identified as the dead.

Ahsan’s parents and in-laws have left for New Zealand for his burial there. Khan’s family members, who live in the US, have also rushed to New Zealand.

Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, also from Hyderabad, was among the injured in the attack and is recovering in a hospital in Christchurch.


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