Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZealand mosque

Abdul Aziz: The man who saved lives by running at the Christchurch gunman

Hero Mosque Worker Grabs NZ Attacker’s Gun

"This is a killer", Alabi said and shouted at the congregation of more than 80 people to get down.

A survivor of the Christchurch massacre, Alabi Lateeef, has narrated how a heroic worshipper at one of the targeted mosques seized an empty rifle discarded by gunman Brenton Tarrant, and then used it to chase their attacker away.

He confronted that gunman in "army clothes" who was armed with guns and a camera.

He said: "That's a matter I'm sure Corrections will be talking about as we speak. But when he started swearing, I knew he was not the good guy", he said.

When he realised the mosque was being attacked, he ran towards the gunman, picking up a credit card machine as a makeshift weapon.

Thinking the shooter was going to a vehicle to get more weapons, Abdul Aziz said he picked up the shotgun which was dropped by the shooter and ran after the man and tried to pull the trigger, but realized the gun was empty. Aziz spotted a gun the attacker had dropped and picked it up.

A man pays his respects at a memorial site for victims of the mosque shootings at the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch. That's when Aziz "went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that's how we were saved", he said, adding, "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone". And Aziz continued to chase him. "I heard more gun shots and I thought that is not fire crackers or anything, so I just ran outside".

Tater said she took comfort in knowing that Mustafa, who came to New Zealand in 2018 with his family as Syrian refugees, died in a "good place".

Abdul Aziz has said he didn't like to be called a hero but for an entire nation, he is.

Aziz and his four sons were worshipping at the mosque when they heard the loud cracks of gunfire outside the building.

"When I came back in the mosque I could see that everybody was very frightened and trying to cover", Aziz said. When I went home last night, my wife told me all the neighbours, they sent flowers. cards, foods, cakes. Bravely grabbing him he snatched away his weapon and ran behind him.

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He clarified that both the teams as well as the support staff were safe and that they support the decision to cancel the match. As their bus approached, the players saw "blood-stained people staggering out the mosque", Mashud said in the video.

The attack is the worst ever peacetime mass killing in New Zealand.

Ardern also said she wanted to talk to Facebook, as footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was posted online via links to related social media accounts minutes before the violence began.

He told Radio New Zealand about the horror he witnessed, including the death of a Somalian boy.

Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist, spent his youth in Grafton but has travelled overseas extensively over the past decade and had lived in recent years in Dunedin, New Zealand.

More heroes have come to light as investigators pieced together the incident. Both were killed in the attack.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder", said David Tipple, stressing the store followed a police-verified online mail order process. "Pak is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid", Khan said, The Express Tribune reported. "That's part of humanity, to help another human", he said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities hoped to release all the bodies by Wednesday.

He was shot protecting others, his sister-in-law, Ms Naema Khan, told the news portal stuff.co.nz.

"The family of the Australian man arrested in Christchurch continues to assist police with their inquiries".

His instinct was to try to keep the shooter outside to "save other people".

A woman who lost her husband during Friday's mass shootings cries outside an information center for families, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Christchurch, New Zealand.

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