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Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosque attacks

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Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosque attacks

Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosque attacks

Accounts emerged on Sunday of heroic attempts to tackle a gunman who slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand, as authorities prepared to begin releasing the bodies of victims to their families for burial.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Accounts emerge of heroism in New Zealand mosque attacks

Accounts emerged on Sunday of heroic attempts to tackle a gunman who slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 48-YEAR-OLD MAN HAILED HERO, ABDUL AZIZ, SAYING: "He dropped his gun and ran, and I chased him." Afghan-born Abdul Aziz ran outside after the shooting started at a mosque in Christchurch.

He picked up a shotgun that the gunman had dropped as he returned to his car.

The weapon had no more bullets but Abdul Aziz hurled it through the shooter's car window.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) 48-YEAR-OLD MAN HAILED HERO, ABDUL AZIZ, SAYING: "I throw the shotgun and that shotgun actually smashed his window and I could see he was frightened.

Then he swear at me and he just took off." Another man, Naeem Rashid from Pakistan, was seen confronting the shooter before he was killed.

Rashid’s 21-year-old son, Talha, was also killed.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SISTER IN LAW, NAEMA KHAN, SAYING: "I will remember him for the rest of our life as a hero." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LINWOOD MOSQUE SURVIVOR, FARHAAN FARHEEZ, SAYING: "I just can't stop thinking about it, getting those flashbacks." Farhaan Farheez was praying in the second row when shooting began at the Linwood mosque.

Naeem Rashid was his brother.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) LINWOOD MOSQUE SURVIVOR, FARHAAN FARHEEZ, SAYING: "It's one of those experiences which I wish no-one encounters.

It's just catastrophic.

It's just..." The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The prime minister called it an act of terrorism.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28 years old, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

Tarrant was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he was likely to face more charges.

Tarrant appears to have live-streamed the a video of the attack on Facebook.

He also shared a manifesto before the attack denouncing immigrants as invaders.

Many of the dead are refugees and immigrants.

And with several still in critical condition, the death toll could still rise.




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