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The man who chased the armed gunman in Christchurch

March 17, 2019 12:49 pm
Abdul Aziz [Source: NZ Herald]

Forty-eight-year-old Abdul Aziz is being called hero for his brave actions during the Christchurch shooting at the Linwood Mosque last Friday.

When the gunman advanced toward the mosque, killing those in his path, Abdul Aziz didn’t hide.


[Source: NZ Herald]

Instead, he picked up the first thing he could find, a credit card machine, and ran outside screaming “Come here!”

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Aziz’s action prevented more deaths during Friday prayers at the Linwood mosque after leading the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.

But Aziz, whose four sons and dozens of others remained in the mosque while he faced off with the gunman, says he thinks it’s what anyone would have done.

He says the gunman was cursing at him, yelling that he was going to kill them all.

But he drove away and Aziz says he chased the car down the street to a red light, before it made a U-turn and sped away.

Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Aziz says he left as a refugee when he was a boy and lived in Australia for more than 25 years before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

[Source: NZ Herald]

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