A HERO youngster took on the New Zealand Mosque murderer – wrestling his gun off him before trying to shoot him, massacre survivors have claimed.
Syed Mazharuddin told how his fearless friend risked his life to tackle the shooter who killed seven at the Linwood mosque and who had just minutes before claimed the lives of 41 people who had been worshipping at another nearby mosque in Christchurch.
The attack has plunged the country into mourning as New Zealanders struggle to come to grips with the mass killing – horrifically livestreamed on social media – that ranks among the worst in history.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared it one of the country’s “darkest days”, while many of the injured remain critical amid fears the enormous death toll could rise even higher.
Four people are now in custody. One has been charged with murder, and it remains unknown what, if any, role the other three played.
Those who survived the horrific massacres have today revealed how they prayed for the gunman to run out of bullets – while one witnessed a friend heroically try to stop the shooter who killed 49 and injured 48.
Survivor Syed Mazharuddin told the NZ Herald: “There was screaming around and I tried to take cover.”