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Heroes of Christchurch attack

Heroes of Christchurch attack

Aziz said police who arrived after the shooting blocked him from re-entering the mosque, thinking he might have been the gunman as he was seen earlier with the weapon.

Alam, originally from Bangladesh, moved to Auckland to study in 2014, eventually moving down to Christchurch in 2016 to complete his studies.

So Lateef's unnamed fellow worshipper seized the initiative and grabbed the rifle, following the attacker to his auto and using it to smash the vehicle's back window before running away.

After the 28-year-old suspected far-right Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant had allegedly killed 41 people in the Al Noor Mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, he set off for the Linwood Mosque in a nearby suburb. Wahabzada thinks he probably thought someone was shooting at his vehicle.

Mr Aziz said four of his children were with him at the mosque when the attack occurred.

The 48-year-old told his children to stay inside as he picked up a credit card machine - the first thing he could find - and ran out of the building screaming "come here" at the gunman in a bid to distract him.

Of those killed in the massacre, 42 died at the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue in central Christchurch, seven were killed at the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque, and one person died at Christchurch Hospital. He added that the suspect ran back to his auto to supposedly get another gun and Aziz used the opportunity to throw the credit card machine at him.

In New Zealand, being found guilty of murder usually comes with a minimum of 10 years in jail before possible parole.

"We managed to get her into the vehicle of one of the people who was helping and got her to the hospital, she was critical", he told RNZ.

Thinking the shooter was going to a auto to get more weapons, Wahabzadah said he picked up the dropped gun, ran after the man and tried to pull the trigger, but realized the gun was empty. "When glass got broken and the brother fell down, everyone realised to go down".

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Aziz then heard one of his sons call out, "Daddy, please come back inside!"

Mr Aziz said it was at this moment he spotted a gun abandoned by the attacker, who had once again run back to his vehicle.

He went back to his auto to reload, then returned to the mosque to kill more people. "That's why he got scared".

He said the gunman was cursing at him, yelling that he was going to kill them all.

He said he chased the auto down the street to a red light, before it performed a U-turn and sped away. The gunman was apprehended by two armed police officers soon afterwards.

Alabi said he heard a voice outside the mosque at about 1:55 pm local time and stopped the prayer he was leading to peak outside the window.

Wahabzadah said people at the mosque praised him for his actions.

Ms Ardern said her office was one of more than 30 recipients of an emailed copy of the manifesto just nine minutes before guns were fired. And, he always thought, a peaceful one as well.

Mr Aziz said he believed anyone would have done what he did if they were in his shoes. It was like he was on autopilot. And he believes that God, that Allah, did not think it was his time to die.

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