‘Hello brother’: Muslim victim who greeted terrorist gunman in New Zealand mosque shooting is hailed as a hero for ‘showing the kindness that is Islam’ with his final words
- As the terrorist approached the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch he was greeted
- The devotee at the door to the mosque can be heard saying, ‘Hello brother’
- Just moments later the assailant was unloading shotgun shells at the victim
- The Muslim worshipper has been hailed as a hero for his Islamic compassion
A Muslim victim who greeted a terrorist gunman as his ‘brother’ as the killer marched towards the mosque in New Zealand with a shotgun has been hailed as a hero.
A white supremacist – named in local media as Brenton Tarrant – entered the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch to kill 41 people as worshippers made their Friday afternoon prayers – another eight were killed at a mosque on Linwood Avenue.
His sickening livestream of the event on Facebook captured one of his first victim’s – who is perhaps now dead – welcoming him with the words, ‘Hello brother.’
He has been a hailed for his incredible act of brave devotion as he showed Islamic compassion even when faced with the barrel of a semi-automatic shotgun.
As the white supremacist terrorist walked towards the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch he was greeted by a man who said, ‘Hello brother,’ before he fired multiple shotgun shells into him – he would go on to kill 49 worshippers
People stand across the road from the mosque in central Christchurch in New Zealand – one man has blood covering his leg
An exhausted and emotional man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone outside the mosque
Many reacted to the video on social media, taking strength from the fact that hatred was overcome as the twisted killer sought to end the victim’s life.
One Twitter user called Farrukh wrote: ‘How many more lives Muslims need to give to prove that their faith is not violent?’
While another called Yasin said: ‘Love in the face of hate. Allah help us.’
The white supremacist terrorist who filmed the bloodbath is one of four people arrested over dual mosque attacks which left 49 dead and 48 injured on New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’.
He stormed the Al Noor Mosque at around 1.45pm, opening fire with a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle on some 100 defenceless worshippers attending prayers.
Members of the public react in front of the Masjd Al Noor Mosque as they fear for their relatives
A police officer secures the area in front of the Masjid al Noor mosque after the terror attack
A wretched 17-minute video of the horror shows the self-professed racist firing mercilessly on people scrambling on the floor as he coldly loads more bullets into his rifle.
Shortly afterwards there was another shooting at the mosque in Linwood, on the eastern side of the city where seven more were killed. Another later died in hospital.
In the aftermath of the bloody attacks, three men and one woman were arrested, with police charging ‘one man in his late 20s’ with murder. He will face court on Saturday.
Ambulance staff rush to take a stricken man to the hospital after he was injured in the attack
Two others remain in police custody, with the fourth person arrested deemed not to have been involved in the attacks.
As well as the dead, 48 people were rushed to Christchurch Hospital with gunshot wounds, 20 of whom were in critical conditions.
A dozen operating theatres were used, with many victims requiring multiple life-saving surgeries.