‘Hero’ refugee who ran towards New Zealand terrorist credited with saving lives

17 Mars, 2019, 02:37 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • HERO The dad chased the terrorist as he drove off

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking from parliament on Saturday, says she is committed to changing the country's gun laws after 49 people died in a terror attack in Christchurch.

He added that one of his friends had died of his injuries and another is still in hospital.

Mr Aziz, 48, has been praised for saving many people inside by leading the gunman on a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his vehicle.

The shotgun he had picked up was out of ammunition, so when the killer got back in his auto Mr Aziz says he threw the weapon "like an arrow", breaking the vehicle's window.

"He gets into his auto and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window", said Mr Aziz.

Latef Alabi, the Linwood mosque's acting imam, said the death toll would have been far higher at the Linwood mosque if it was not for Mr Aziz.

"Then this brother came over".

Mr Aziz said: "I was screaming to the guy, "Come I'm here, come I'm here". He said he could hear his two youngest sons, aged 11 and 5, urging him to come back inside.

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The response from some Muslim countries went further, blaming politicians and the media for stoking that hatred. The deaths occurred at Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre, police said.

The gunman returned, firing. Then Aziz spotted a gun the gunman had abandoned and picked it up, pointed it and squeezed the trigger.

The gunman began shooting at Mr Aziz, but he managed to dodge between cars parked outside the mosque.

He said he picked up the weapon and pulled the trigger and, after finding it empty, smashed it through the gunman's auto window.

The windshield shattered: "That's why he got scared". "He gets into his vehicle and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window", he said.

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aziz left his homeland as a refugee when he was a boy and lived 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

"I've been to a lot of countries and this is one of the attractive ones", he said, adding that he had always thought New Zealand was peaceful.

Aziz said he didn't feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman.

And he believes that God, that Allah, did not think it was his time to die. "Entering a place of prayer to shoot somebody is cowardly". The area was evacuated as a precaution, and Australian police said Tarrant's family there is complying with investigators.

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