Meet Abdul Aziz, the Christchurch hero who chased the attacker away

Sergio Conner
March 17, 2019

To distract the shooter from the mosque, Wahabzadah said he threw the credit card reader. They hesitated. A shot rang out, a window shattered and a body fell, and people began to realize it was for real.

Footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was also posted online via links to related social media accounts. "He went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that's how we were saved", Mr Alabi said, referring to Mr Aziz.

"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 gunman ran back to his auto to get another gun, and Mr Aziz hurled the credit card machine at him.

He and other leaders wanted the mosques re-opened with increased security.

"If that hadn't happened, many more would have died and I wouldn't be here now", he said.

A man who was inside a Christchurch mosque when it was attacked has been hailed as a hero for confronting the gunman, chasing him off and preventing more deaths.

Alabi became emotional talking about the grieving families.

Wahabzadah said that after seeing racism in Australia, he moved to New Zealand because it was a peaceful country.

The volunteer imam said he was in the middle of prayers when he saw the gunman outside the mosque.

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Aziz hurled the machine at Tarrant and then ducked between several cars as the self-confessed fascist unleashed a barrage of shots at him.

"I stopped my prayer, I peeked through the window, and I saw the person with a machine gun, heavily dressed. If anyone was there in that situation (they) would do the same thing as I did".

He said he picked up the weapon and pulled the trigger and, after finding it empty, smashed it through the gunman's vehicle window. A man inside the mosque followed the shooter as he left the mosque. "A couple of centimetres lower and I would be dead", he told stuff.co.nz, saying he fled from the mosque while the gunman's attention was elsewhere.

"At first, I didn't know if he was the good guy or the bad guy".

Alabi said he had never expected to experience a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Relatives of a member of the Bangladeshi community wait for news at a community centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 17, 2019. "The PM has promised it, and she will do it", he said.

A mosque shooting survivor in New Zealand has been hailed as a hero for preventing more deaths after confronting the shooter by yelling "Come here!" and leading him on a chase that ended with the shooter speeding away in his auto.

He thinks it is what anyone would have done.

The gunman, who was charged with one count of murder Saturday, allegedly killed 49 people after attacking two mosques in the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history.

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