Worshipper armed only with credit card machine confronted gunman


A gunman killed 50 worshippers at the Al Noor Masjid and Linwood Masjid on Friday.

"He had army clothes on".

"Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer", she told a news conference, but did not provide further details.

Rather than running from the sound, he ran toward it and grabbed the first thing he could find - a credit card machine - and flung it at the attacker. He said the gunman ran back to his vehicle to get another gun, and Aziz hurled the credit card machine at him. Aziz spotted a gun the attacker had dropped and picked it up. That's when Aziz "went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that's how we were saved", he said, adding, "Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone". He said the gunman dropped his gun when he ran out of bullets. "I didn't want him to go inside the mosque".

Aziz threw the gun he was carrying at Tarrant's auto, smashing the window. "He just swore at me and took off".

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Minutes later, police officers rammed suspected gunman Brenton Tarrant's auto into a curb and took the 28-year-old Australian into custody on charges of murder.

Almost 100 Muslim worshippers who had sheltered in the mosque in the rampage were left unharmed. Unhurt, he picked up an empty shotgun the gunman had discarded and shouted "come on here" repeatedly to draw him away from his sons and the other worshippers. "Anywhere you are, you can just pray anywhere", Saiyad Raza, who had travelled from Auckland to bury his cousin who died in the shootings, told AFP.

The attack is the worst peacetime mass killing in New Zealand.

Ardern also said she wanted to talk to Facebook, as footage of the attack on one of the mosques was broadcast live on Facebook, and a "manifesto" denouncing immigrants as "invaders" was posted online via links to related social media accounts minutes before the violence began.

Aziz is originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, but fled the war-torn country several years ago. The owner of weapons shop Gun City revealed that Tarrant bought four weapons and ammunition there between December 2017 and March 2018, but said these were not the high-power rifles used in the massacre.

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More heroes have come to light as investigators pieced together the incident.

Aya Al-Umari, whose older brother Hussien Al-Umari died at the Al Noor mosque, wept as she talked about a kind man, a quintessential big brother who delighted in teasing his little sister. Rashid, from Abbottabad, Pakistan, and a New Zealand resident for nine years, was in the mosque with his 21-year-old son.

He was shot protecting others, his sister-in-law, Ms Naema Khan, told the news portal stuff.co.nz.

Mr Aziz said he did not feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman - it was like he was on autopilot. Aziz hurled the machine at Tarrant and then ducked between cars as the self-confessed fascist unleashed a barrage of shots at him. He had two homemade bombs in the auto.

The police commissioner Mike Bush said police are certain Tarrant was the only gunman but aren't ruling out that he had support.

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