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The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – Canberra, Australia extends its sincere thoughts and condolences to the family and friends of victims, the people and the Government of New Zealand following the Christchurch terrorist attacks.
In this tragic incident, 50 are killed and 50 more are injured. As of last night, 21 victims have been identified by local authorities and are available for release to their families. A total of 27 victims are expected to be identified by tonight.
Over the past week, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke and extended his deepest condolences to the families of Haji Mohammad Daud Nabil and Matiullah Safi who were martyred during the Christchurch terrorist attack. Ambassador Waissi arrived in Christchurch to pay tribute to the victims and visit hospitalised patients of New Zealand Afghans and other nationalities who were critically injured.
Despite the seriousness of their injuries, the health situation of three Afghans is improving.
In Australia, Ambassador Waissi and representatives of the embassy joined in sharing sympathies with the affected men and women of New Zealand through memorial vigils held at the Canberra Islamic Centre and Nara Canberra Park.
Afghanistan is extremely humbled by the demonstration of camaraderie everyone has shown and joins the world in supporting New Zealand through the darkest of days.
As this is a critical time, requiring all of us to stand together in sympathy, solidarity and harmony, the Embassy has decided to cancel the Nowruz celebrations (Solar New Year 1398), which were scheduled on Thursday, 21stMarch 2019.
Ambassador Waissi and representatives of the embassy will continue to provide emergency support to Afghan nationals affected by this tragic event.
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