Mosque attack hero 'saved many more lives by grabbing terrorist's gun'

17 March, 2019, 13:26 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern meeting members of the Muslim community in the wake of the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch

On a gloomy, grey Sunday at Gun City in Christchurch business is booming, with the large, warehouse-style shop humming with more than two dozen customers.

The Pakistanis who were martyred in the horrific terror attack by a white supremacist Brenton Tarrant included Sohail Shahid (Lahore), Syed Jahandad Ali (Lahore), Syed Areeb Ahmed (Karachi), Mahboob Haroon (Islamabad), Naeem Rashid (Abbottabad), and Talha Naeem (Abbottabad).

The death toll from Friday's Christchurch terror attack has risen to 50, with a further victim, not previously accounted for by police, being discovered at a mosque.

At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. That makes New Zealand's per capita rate of gun ownership higher than Australia's, but still far below the United States, where there is more than one gun per person. He entered no plea and was remanded in custody until April 5. She said that by the time a police plan was in place, the 911 number was already buzzing as shots had been fired.

Police then rammed the gunman's vehicle and arrested him.

For nearly 3 days forensics teams have been working through multiple crime scenes - at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques as well as a house in Dunedin, the southeastern city where the Tarrant lived.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said police were working with pathologists and coroners to release the bodies as soon as they could.

Tarrant had no prior criminal history and is not on any watch lists either in New Zealand or Australia.

A second survivor, Faisal Sayed, said: "If that hadn't happened, many more would have died and I wouldn't be here now".

Commissioner Bush told a news conference that the 28-year-old was the only person charged with carrying out the shootings.

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The tragic incident in two mosques was condemned throughout the world.

One man has been charged with murder.

He said he received a phone call after the attack from his brother-in-law Adan Ibrahin Dirie, who was in hospital in Christchurch with gunshot wounds.

Flowers and signs are seen at a memorial as tributes to victims of the mosque attacks near Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 16, 2019. But he said some people frustrated because "they want to get on with their grieving process".

The first victim identified was Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old grandfather who died trying to save someone else from a bullet, according to his son.

When Khan heard about the violence in New Zealand, he sent his friend a Facebook message, but didn't hear back.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman Pakistan Bar Council Syed Amjad Shah has strongly condemned terrorist attacks on two mosques in New Zealand in which at least 50 worshippers were killed and many others seriously injured.

Ardern said Tarrant was a licensed gun owner who allegedly used five weapons, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns, which had been modified.

Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change".

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