| Azlan Othman & Hakim Hayat |
THE three Bruneian scholarship students residing in Christchurch, New Zealand were not affected and were not inside the mosques during the Christchurch mosque shooting that left 49 dead and 48 injured in a terrorist attack yesterday.
The Ministry of Education said its Scholarship Section through its Education Attache in Canberra in Australia has confirmed that the students were not in the affected mosques during the incident. The three students who have been identified are safe.
The ministry said it takes serious attention of the safety of Bruneian students in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Education informed private students studying in New Zealand or their parents/guardians to inform their presence to the Educational Attache in Canberra, Australia as soon as they can for any needs pertaining to safety and communication.
The Educational Attache can be contacted at +61263854500 ext 211 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry of Education will inform their presence from time to time and ensure their situation.
Meanwhile, it is not immediately known the number of Bruneian students or citizens currently in New Zealand. Brunei has no permanent representative in the country but maintains a non-resident high commission based in Brunei, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website. No statements have been released by MFA at press time.