Abdul Aziz hailed a hero for using a credit card scanning machine and the gunmans spent artillery as he tackled the attacker
A worshipper at the site of the second Christchurch mosque criticize has spoken of how he chased away the gunman armed simply with a credit card machine.
Abdul Aziz, who was born in Afghanistan but is an Australian citizen and lives in Sydney for 27 times, was inside the Linwood mosque with four of his children for Friday prayers when someone shouted that a gunman had opened fire.
” He had on legion clothes ,” Aziz told Reuters on Sunday.” I wasn’t sure if he was the good guy or the bad person. When he swore at me, I knew that he’s not the good guy .”
When he realised the mosque was being attacked, the 48 -year-old flowed towards the gunman, picking up a debit card machine as a makeshift artillery. After the gunman had led back to his car to get another artillery, Aziz said he hurled the debit card machine, ducking between the cars to shun gunfire.
He then picked up a grease-gun dropped by the attacker and plucked the initiation, but it was empty.” I was screaming at the guy,’ come over here, come over here’- I just wanted to throw his focus on me ,” Aziz said.
Aziz said the gunman moved inside the mosque, and he followed, eventually meeting him again.
” When he saw me with the shotgun in my hands, he plunged the gun and ran toward his auto. I chased him ,” he said.” He sat in his car and with the shotgun in my hands, I hurled it through his window like an arrow. He merely swore at me and took off .”
Aziz has been called a hero by the mosque’s behaving imam, Latef Alabi, who said he believed the death toll would then be far higher if it had not been for Aziz’s actions.
Alabi said he stopped prayer where reference is gazed out of the window and spotted a person in pitch-black military-style gear and a helmet supporting a large gun, misstep him for a police officer. Then he saw two the organizations and” realised this is something else “.
Alabi told his flock of about 80 to get down.” Then this brother[ Aziz] came over. He proceeded after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that’s how we were saved ,” Alabi told Associated Press.” Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all likely “il be going” .”
Aziz is from Kabul, Afghanistan, but left the war-torn country years ago. He has been in Christchurch for two and a half years and owns a furniture shop.
” When I came back in the mosque, I could see that everybody was very frightened and trying to cover ,” he said.” I told them,’ Brother, you are safe now, get up, he’s gone. He’s just run away .’ And then after that everybody started crying .”
After Aziz confronted him, the gunman was chased down by two police officers who obstructed his car and captivated him.” Those two police officers acted with absolute fearlessnes ,” police commissioner Mike Bush said at a news conference on Sunday.” They have prevented farther deaths and gambled their own lives to do so .”
More heroes have come to light as investigators pieced together the incident.
Naeem Rashid, 50, was experienced lunging at the gunman in the livestream video from the initial attack on Al Noor mosque. Rashid, from Abbottabad, Pakistan, and a New Zealand inhabitant for nine years, was in the mosque with his 21 -year-old son. Both were killed.
Reuters contributed to this report
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