The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta are helping to prepare travel documents and visas.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The families of Indonesians who fell victims to the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch City, New Zealand, will be facilitated to visit the country, Indonesian Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, noted in Jakarta on Monday.

"The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta are helping to prepare the travel documents and visas," he said.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs facilitated the family of Muhammad Abdul Hamid, also known as Lilik Abdul Hamid, 58, an Indonesian citizen, who had died during the terror attack at An Nur Mosque, to offer a final tribute directly to him.

Indonesian citizen Hamid had been living in Christchurch for 16 years and working as an aircraft maintenance engineer in Air New Zealand.

According to the plan, Hamid will be buried in Christchurch.

In addition to Hamid's family, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also assisted the family of Zulfirman Syah, an Indonesian citizen, who was shot while conducting Friday prayers at the Linwood Mosque.

The Indonesian citizen from Padang, West Sumatra, and his two-year-old son are still being treated at the Christchurch Public Hospital.

"The condition of the father is more serious than his son, but both have received treatment and are now gradually recovering," Nasir revealed.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted that eight Indonesian citizens were victims of the shooting in Christchurch on Friday (Mar 15).

Of these, five Indonesian citizens were safe, two Indonesians were injured, and one died.

Based on records of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are 331 Indonesian citizens in the city of Christchurch, including 134 students. The distance from Wellington to Christchurch reaches 440 kilometers.

Families and relatives of Indonesian citizens in need of further information and consular assistance can call the KBRI Wellington hotline numbers: +64211950980and +64 22 3812 065.

The mosque shooting incident in Christchurch in New Zealand took place as several Muslims were offering Friday prayers.

The New Zealand Police have called on all to reduce outdoor activities and to remain indoors.

Translator: Yashinfa Difa / Azis Kurmala
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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