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Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZealand mosque

Hero refugee chased gunman away from NZealand mosque”

Aziz, 48, is being hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his auto.

The suspect Brenton Tarrant, 28 was arrested shortly after Aziz confronted him, and has been charged with murder. They hesitated. A shot rang out, a window shattered and a body fell, and people began to realise it was for real. This incident is one of the most gruesome public shooting in the history of New Zealand. "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone".

Mr Aziz picked up the first thing he could find - a credit card machine - and ran outside screaming "Come here!" "I will definitely try and look him up".

Abdul Aziz smashed window of the terrorist's vehicle with strikes of the gun, which the culprit had dropped to pull out more weapons from his auto.

Mr Aziz returned to the mosque where he was met by scenes of carnage.

Aziz then took an abandoned firearm that had no ammunition and threw it on the killer's auto after he ran to the vehicle for the second time.

"We just request the bodies shouldn't be too long in the mosque because the bodies are still lying over there and eventually it will be too hard to wash the bodies and take to the burial and probably things will start deteriorating, that's the worry".

He said the attacker ran back to the auto for a second time to grab another rifle. In total, 50 people died as a result of the two mass shootings Friday. 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.

He said the suspect ran to his auto and got in, which is when he threw a gun at the vehicle. "That's why he got scared". But he drove away and Aziz said he chased the auto down the street to a red light, before it made a U-turn and sped away.

Online videos suggest police officers managed to force the auto from the road and drag the suspect out soon afterwards.

A second survivor, Faisal Sayed, said: "If that hadn't happened, many more would have died and I wouldn't be here now". And, he always thought, a peaceful one as well.

"When I close my eyes, I still see bodies everywhere", he said.

"You don't have much time to think, whatever you think of, you just do it, you know", Mr Aziz told AFP, brushing off the "hero" tag as local Muslims gathered to thank him for saving relatives and friends. "God saved everyone", he said. "He just start shooting from the back; we were praying in front".



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