Heartbreaking way New Zealand worshipper greeted gunman before he was shot dead

On March 15 last year 51 innocent worshippers lost their lives as they took part in Friday prayers.

A gunman opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

As well as those who were killed in the tragedy, a further 49 were injured in New Zealand’s worst ever peace time shooting.

Several of the worshippers went to extraordinary lengths to protect others in the congregation.

Father Naeem Rashid charged at the shooter as he fired indiscriminately at the Al Noor Mosque.

One of the injured is treated outside the Al Noor Mosque

One of the injured is treated outside the Al Noor Mosque (Image: EPA)

He later tragically died from his injuries.

But his incredibly brave actions meant others inside the mosque had precious seconds to find somewhere to hide or to flee.

Naeem’s devastated wife, Ambreen Naeem, said as soon as she heard about the shootings she knew her husband would have done all he could to save the lives of others.

She explained: “When I heard about the shooting in the mosque I was sure Naeem​ would not surrender easily to the terrorist because this is how I knew him.

“That day I lost two pillars of my home… exposing me and my two sons to the harshness of love.”

Naeem Rashid who died in the Mosque shooting in Christchurch

Naeem Rashid who died in the Mosque shooting in Christchurch

The gunman had arrived at the Al Noor Mosque at 1:40pm.

Chillingly, he streamed the shootings live on Facebook.

As he walked up to the front door of the mosque, a place that should have been filled with peace and love, he was greeted by one of the worshippers.

The man said: “Hello brother.” He became the first victim of the attacks.

After shooting at will inside the mosque, the gunman left and drove the short distance to the Linwood Islamic Centre.

He couldn’t find the front door and instead began firing at worshippers through the windows.

Coffins containing the bodies of victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack (Image: Getty)

He was unable to find the front door to the building and began to shoot at worshippers through the windows.

A second hero leapt into action in a desperate bid to save the lives of his fellow worshippers.

Abdul Aziz Wahabzada, a 48-year-old Afghan refugee has been widely credited with stopping the attack.

He grabbed a credit card reader and ran out of the mosque.

Abdul hurled the credit card reader at the gunman as he was returning to his car to get another weapon.

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The shooter managed to get another gun from his car but Abdul was determined to do all he could to save lives.

As he had taken cover behind some parked cars he found one of the gunman’s discarded weapons and started shouting at him, yelling ‘I’m here’ in a desperate bid to distract him.

The gunman entered the mosque and started shooting but when he came back to his car for a second time, Abdul threw the discarded gun at the vehicle and shattered the windscreen.

It shattered and the gunman drove off.

The courageous father-of-four said: “I wasn’t afraid. A person doesn’t have to be afraid of other people. I am in awe only of my creator.

Some of the hundreds of floral tributes left outside the mosques

Some of the hundreds of floral tributes left outside the mosques (Image: Getty Images)

“So I managed to show the attacker that we weren’t scared of him. Instead, he was scared of us.

“That’s why he fled, even though I ran after him with nothing in my hands.”

Brenton Tarrant is accused of carrying out the murders on March 15, 2019.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him and is due to stand trial this May.

As well as the 51 people killed, a further 49 were injured in the tragedy.

Since then, more than 50,000 now prohibited firearms have been handed into the New Zealand authorities.

This article was originally published on this site.

This article was originally published on this site