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

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The death toll climbed to 50 when police found another body at the Al Noor mosque, where more than 40 people died after a gunman burst in and opened fire on worshippers with a semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines, driving to attack a second mosque.

"He had on army clothes", Aziz told Reuters on Sunday.

"I'm very sad for what has happened, but I believe this country is a peaceful country and I hope something good will happen after that and the security will become tighter". As the attacker moves once again to his auto, and probably a different weapon of want, get, grab, Aziz a rifle, which Tarrant had left on the floor.

The hero said after seeing the attacker run back to his vehicle to get another guy, he threw the credit card machine at the gunman.

"For a long time, I didn't know if my kids were alive or dead or injured because I couldn't go inside the mosque", Aziz said. That shotgun I had in my hands, I throw like an arrow on him.

"He went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that's how we were saved", he said. Although the magazine of the weapon is empty, but Aziz throws the rifle short-hand like a spear on the windshield of Tarrant's vehicle. "He just swore at me and took off".

"There was a lady screaming "help, help" and he shot her point blank in the face", he said.

Almost 100 Muslim worshippers who had sheltered in the mosque in the rampage were left unharmed.

Alabi said he stopped prayer when he looked out of the window and spotted a man in black military-style gear and a helmet holding a large gun, mistaking him for a police officer. "He has just run away.' And then after that, everybody started crying".

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On Monday, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand's prime minister, said she would announce new laws on gun ownership to make it more hard to obtain semi-automatic weapons, such as those wielded by the attacker.

New Zealand's stricken residents reached out to Muslims in their neighborhoods and around the country on Saturday, in a fierce determination to show kindness to a community in pain as a 28-year-old white supremacist stood silently before a judge, accused in mass shootings at two mosques that left dozens of people dead.

Tipple said he supported Ardern's decision to reform gun laws as the Christchurch shootings had raised legitimate concerns.

More heroes came 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. His son, Talha Rashid, also lost his life in the same attack. She was among at least four women killed in the attack.

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

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her coalition was unified on the need to reduce the availability of the kind of weapons used by Brenton Tarrant as he went room to room shooting Muslims gathered for Friday prayers.

Mr Aziz, 48, has been praised for saving many people inside by leading the gunman on a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his vehicle. He had two homemade bombs in the vehicle.

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