Egypt's prosecutor-general orders investigation into New Zealand mosque attacks
Ahram Online, , Saturday 16 Mar 2019
Four Egyptians were among those killed

Egypt’s prosecutor-general has ordered an Egyptian investigation into the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, which killed 49 people, among them four Egyptians.

In a statement on Saturday, the country’s chief prosecutor Nabil Sadek said he had ordered his international cooperation department prepare a memo to be sent to their New Zealand counterparts, to provide an official copy of Cairo’s plan for an investigation.

Cairo is also demanding forensics reports and CCTV footage be retrieved from the site of the attack.

The four Egyptian victims, all male, were named by the Egyptian Ambassador to New Zealand Tariq Al-Wasimi as Munir Suleiman (68 years old), Ahmad Jamal al-Din Abdul-Rahman (also 68), Ashraf Morsi, and Ashraf Al-Masri. The ages of the latter two victims were not stated.

Forty-nine people were killed and twenty injured after gunmen opened fire at the two mosques during Friday prayers. The New Zealand authorities described it as a terrorist attack.

A suspect appeared in court on Saturday morning charged with murder.