‘Hello brother,’ he said. Then he was shot

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A three-year-old boy died in his father’s arms after he was shot by a gunman in the mosque terror attack in New Zealand. Mucad Ibrahim was the youngest of the 49 people who were killed in mass shootings targeting Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch. The “energetic” and “playful” boy was attending Friday prayers with his father and older brother Abdi when the gunman, wielding an assault rifle and wearing body armour, struck at the Al Noor mosque. It has been suggested that frightened Mucad tried to run away from the terrorist while his wounded father survived by playing dead and his brother ran out as fast as he could.A Twitter user wrote: “Mucaad Ibrahim, Sadly Passed away in his fathers arms, last night, and was taken away by staff. RIP my little friend, you will be sorely missed by all. Such a beacon of light.”
‘I’ve lost my little boy, he just turned 14’

Sayyad Milne, 14, died at the Al Noor mosque which he attended with his mother and friends every Friday, the New Zealand Herald reported. His father John Milne said his death hadn’t been officially confirmed but he’s been told the teenager had been seen lying on the floor of the mosque, bleeding. “I’ve lost my little boy, he’s just turned 14,” he told the paper, adding that his son had been a keen footballer. “A brave little soldier. It’s so hard… to see him just gunned down by someone who didn’t care about anyone or anything.”

‘He ran into line of fire to save others’

An Afghan man, thought to be in his 60s or 70s, died after he reportedly ran into the line of fire to save fellow worshippers at the Al Noor mosque. Daoud Nabi had lived in New Zealand for more than 40 years after fleeing Afghanistan as a refugee in the late 1970s, and believed his adopted home to be a “slice of paradise”, his son Omar said. “I got told by my best friend’s father… that he leaped on somebody else to save their life,” he told Stuff.co.nz. “He jumped in the firing line to save somebody else’s life and he has passed away.” It was Daoud who opened the door to the terrorist, greeting him with the words “hello brother”. “Dad was the leader of the Afghan community and welcomed everyone,” Omar said.

‘He was trying to take on the killer and was shot’

Two Pakistani nationals were among those killed in the attack and one of them died while he was attempting to stop the shooter during the attack, according to a media report. Naeem Rashid, succumbed to his wounds while under treatment following the attack and was identified as the individual who rushed at the shooter, the Express Tribune reported. Rashid, hailing from Abbottabad, received bullet wounds as he tried to overpower the shooter as he entered one of the mosques in Christchurch, the daily said. His son, Talha Rashid, also lost his life.

‘Run’: He screamed as he saw his dad getting shot

They had walked that once innocuous stretch of sidewalk side-by-side so many times. Every Friday, Yasir Amin and his dad had ambled along the path toward the mosque where they prayed together in peace, a routine so serene and so ordinary that Amin was nearly blinded by confusion when the shooter drove up with the gun. “RUN!” Amin screamed.

The bullets began to fly. The men began to run. But at 67, Nasir couldn’t keep up with his 35-year-old son. And so he fell behind, by two or three fateful steps. Amid the blasts, Amin turned to scream at his father to get down on the ground. But his father was already falling. The gunman drove away.

A pool of blood poured from Nasir’s body. “Daddy!” Amin screamed. “Daddy! DADDY!” He left Pakistan for Christchurch five years ago, and was embraced by a multicultural city that felt like the safest place on earth. His father, who farms vegetables, wheat and rice back in Pakistan, also fell for the leafy green city at the bottom of the world. Nasir remains in an induced coma with critical injuries, though his condition has stabilized. The bullets pierced his shoulder, chest and back.

Pray for me and my 4-yr-old daughter, says injured man

Jordanian barber Wasseim Alsati and his daughter Alin, four, are both in hospital with serious injuries after being shot at the Al Noor mosque. In a video filmed from his hospital bed Alsati asked people to “please pray for me and my daughter”, who has been flown to Auckland for treatment. Alsati reportedly moved to New Zealand from Jordan in 2014.

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