A HERO father died after trying to wrestle the gun from the New Zealand maniac’s hand in a bid to stop the massacre which left 49 worshippers dead.
Evil white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, 28, slaughtered dozens at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday before being arrested by cops.
Naeem died trying to protect others at the mosque in Christchurch, according to reports[/caption]
Pakistan-born Naeem Rashid, who moved to New Zealand to work as a teacher, was gunned down by Tarrant after bravely trying to stop the carnage at one of the mosques.
He was fatally wounded after launching himself in front of the twisted killer in a bid to protect other worshippers.
His brother Dr Khursheed Alam told ARY News that Naeem and his son Talha, 21, were both murdered in the mass shooting.
Naeem, who worked in private bank in Abbottabad, Pakistan, before becoming a teacher, died of his wounds in hospital.
Meanwhile, a three-year-old boy is missing after fleeing from the Al Noor mosque where he had been praying with his father and brother.
SACRIFICED HIMSELF FOR OTHERS
Little Mucad Ibrahim reportedly ran from the scene of the attack while his dad and older sibling Abdi hid from the wicked gunman.
Abdi said: “I got out as fast as I can as everyone was rushing to the door, I’ve never been scared so much in my life.
“We all rushed to emergency hospital as that’s where I thought lots of our friends might be.”
Another brave worshipper tried to calm the terrorist calling him “brother” before being gunned down live on Facebook.
The killer, suspected to be Aussie man Brenton Tarrant, 28, killed 41 people at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch while livestreaming the massacre online earlier today.
A wounded man is lifted into an ambulance following the mass shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch[/caption]
Another eight victims were murdered at a mosque in Linwood Avenue in the city shortly after – although it is still not clear who carried out the second attack.
The sick livestream, which The Sun has chosen not to publish, showed one of the first victims welcoming the murderer, who was dressed in military clothing, into the house of worship.
In the 17-minute video, the victim can be heard saying “hello brother” before he is blasted by a semi-automatic shotgun by the cowardly killer.
The brave worshipper is believed to have been killed.
He has been hailed as a hero online for his incredible act of kindness to the gun-toting maniac.
One Twitter user wrote: “How many more lives Muslims need to give to prove that their faith is not violent?’
Love in the face of hate
The brave victim has been praised online
Another posted: “Love in the face of hate. Allah help us.”
The white supremacist gunman, who published a twisted 74-page manifesto online, is one of four people who were arrested following the evil attacks.
New Zealand has been plunged into mourning as the country struggles to come to grips with the mass killing that ranks among the worst in history.
The shooter’s chilling manifesto said he was inspired by Norway mass murderer Anders Breivik.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared it one of the country’s “darkest days”, while many of the injured remain critical amid fears the enormous death toll could rise even higher.
What we know so far:
- At least one gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 1.40pm local time on Friday
- 49 people have been killed – 41 at Masjid Al Noor Mosque, 7 at Linwood Masjid Mosque and 1 died at hospital
- 48 people were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds and 20 are in critical condition
- The killer is believed to be Brenton Tarrant, an Australian who published a chilling 74-page manifesto before the rampage
- Cops arrested three men and a woman – initial reports of one wearing a suicide vest were incorrect
- Police defused improvised explosives found on nearby booby-trapped cars
Four people are now in custody. One has been charged with murder, and it remains unknown what, if any, role the other three played.
Those who survived the massacres revealed how they prayed for the gunman to run out of bullets – while one witnessed a friend heroically try to stop the shooter who killed 49 and injured 48.
Survivor Syed Mazharuddin told the NZ Herald: “The young guy who usually takes care of the mosque … he saw an opportunity and pounced on (the gunman) and took his gun,” said Mazharuddin.
“The hero tried to chase and he couldn’t find the trigger in the gun … he ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the car and he fled.”
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Mazharuddin revealed one of his friends died at the scene, another was left bleeding heavily as Mazharuddin tried to contact emergency services.
“I ran out and then the police came and they didn’t let me come back in again so I couldn’t save my friend, he was bleeding heavily,” he said.
“It took almost half an hour, more than half an hour by the time the ambulance could arrive and I think he must have died.”