New Zealand pledges gun control after attacks

Abdul Aziz: The man who saved lives by running at the Christchurch gunman

Brenton Tarrant, 28, appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder and was remanded until 5 April.

Aziz, the man who stood up to the terrorist is being hailed a hero for preventing more deaths at the Linwood mosque, although he says he is not one.

One of the survivors of the attack on two New Zealand mosques has been identified as Lateef Alabi, an imam with a Nigerian heritage.

He tried to distract the attacker in a move that many fellow worshipers have described as heroic, weaving through cars in the parking lot, attempting to draw the gunman's attention away from the mosque.

Messages written in chalk are seen on a pavement in Christchurch on March 18, 2019, after 50 worshippers were killed last week in two mosque attacks.

"He had army clothes on".

'Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer, ' Ardern told a news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting.

"Straightaway I stopped my prayer, peeked through the window and found a person with, you know, machine gun and heavy dress", he told news website Stuff.

When he realized the mosque was being attacked, he ran toward the gunman, picking up a credit card machine as a makeshift weapon.

Jacinda Ardern says banning private ownership of semi-automatic rifles, which were used in the attack, is an option.

When Tarrant saw Aziz holding a shotgun which he picked up after the gunman dropped earlier, the gunman dropped his gun and ran to his auto. At that moment, Aziz spotted a gun the suspect had forgotten on the floor, picked it up, aimed at the attacker and pulled the trigger, but nothing came out. "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.

"When he saw me with the shotgun in my hands, he dropped the gun and ran away toward his auto".

"He gets into his vehicle and I just got the gun and threw it on his window like an arrow and blasted his window", he said.

Aziz, originally from Kabul, 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.

Aziz said police who arrived after the shooting blocked him from re-entering the mosque, thinking he might have been the gunman as he was seen earlier with the weapon.

Aziz then heard one of his sons call out, "Daddy, please come back inside!"

Aziz said when he came back to the mosque, everyone was frightened. "When glass got broken and the brother fell down, everyone realised to go down". "He has just run away.' And then after that, everybody started crying".

Ardern was the first signatory of a national condolence book for the country's worst mass killing that she opened in the capital Wellington on Monday.

Without the courage of Abdul Aziz, the death toll from Christchurch would probably be much higher.

He moved to New Zealand a few years ago, describing it as a handsome country.

More heroes have come to light as investigators pieced together the incident.

Mr Naeem, from Abbottabad, Pakistan, and a New Zealand resident for nine years, was in the mosque with his 21-year-old son. She was among at least four women killed in the attack.

Mr Tipple said he and his staff were "devastated" by the shootings, adding: "We can't comprehend how such despicable actions could be carried out on those in prayer in their place of worship".

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