Heroic father talks of how he confronted terrorists at Christchurch mosque, New Zealand. Watch video!
Abdul Aziz, 48, is being hailed a hero for preventing more deaths at the Linwood mosque after he chased alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant into his car where he drove away. He also picked up a credit card machine and threw it at terrorist when caught in Christchurch mosque attack. Abdul reveals how he grabbed killer's rifle and smashed his car window forcing him to flee - bringing brutal rampage to an end that left 49 dead.
Abdul Aziz, 48, is being hailed a hero for preventing more deaths at the Linwood mosque after he chased alleged gunman Brenton Tarrant into his car where he drove away.
He said the gunman ran back to his car to get another gun, so he threw the credit card machine at him. Meanwhile, he could hear his two youngest sons, 11 and five, urging him to come back inside.
The gunman returned firing but Aziz said he ran past parked cars which prevented the gunman from shooting him.
Aziz spotted a gun the attacker had dropped and picked it up. He pointed it and squeezed the trigger but it was empty. He said the gunman ran back to the car for a second time to grab another weapon.
“He gets into his car and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window,” he said. “The windshield shattered, that’s why he got scared.”
He said the gunman was cursing at him, yelling that he was going to kill them all. But he drove away and Aziz said he chased the car down the street to a red light before it made a U-turn and sped away.
Online videos indicate police officers managed to force the car from the road and drag out the suspect soon after.
Aziz said he didn’t feel fear or much of anything when facing the gunman. He said it was like he was on autopilot and he believes that Allah did not think it was his time to die.
Aziz, originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, said he left as a refugee when he was a boy and lived for more than 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.
“I’ve been to a lot of countries and this is one of the beautiful ones”, he said. He added that he always thought it was a peaceful one.
The father left his four sons in the mosque as he ran after the terrorist who is believed to have already killed 41 people at the Al Noor mosque across town.
Latef Alabi, the Linwood mosque’s acting imam, said the death toll would have been far higher at the Linwood mosque if it wasn’t for Aziz. He said: “Then this brother came over. He (Aziz) went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that’s how we were saved.”
“Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would be goners for sure!”