New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand, today.

In a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, PM Modi stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. PM Modi stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.

PM Modi’s letter to Ardern underscored India’s solidarity with the people of her country at this difficult time.

Mass shooting at two mosques which were teeming with worshippers for Friday prayers killed at least 49 people in Christchurch, while several explosive devices were defused, in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack.

In an official release, the Ministry of External Affairs said, “Prime Minister has expressed his deep shock and sadness at the loss of scores of innocent lives in the heinous terrorist attack at the places of worship in Christchurch.”

“The Prime Minister stressed India’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and of all those who support such acts of violence. He stressed that hatred and violence have no place in diverse and democratic societies.”

Meanwhile, an Indian-origin man has been critically injured while nine others are missing in the mosque shootings. The victim, who hails from Hyderabad, has been identified as Ahmed Jehangir. He has reportedly been shot in the chest and is undergoing surgery at a hospital.

Speaking to ANI, Khurshid Jahangir, brother of Ahmed Jahangir said, “My brother was injured & is now recovering in a hospital. He is currently undergoing surgery. We have seen in the video he has been shot in the chest. We’re trying to reach the Embassy.”