On 15 March, a gunman opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, killing at least 49 people. An Indian-origin survivor narrated how an unidentified man helped avoid a much bigger tragedy, as per NDTV.
Faisal Sayed told NDTV:
49 Dead in New Zealand Mosque Terror Attack, 9 Indians Missing
Sayed has been living in New Zealand for more than 10 years.
He said that he and his friend witnessed a “gentleman creep up behind” the gunman and held him until he dropped his gun.
“If that hadn’t happened, many more would have died and I wouldn’t be here now. Hats off to that man; I will definitely try and look him up,” he added.
The shooter rushed for the door as a result of the man’s action, Sayed said.
One of Sayed’s friends died and another is hospitalised. He said, as per NDTV, “I can’t speak for anybody else, but I have been in this beautiful country for the last 10 years and I don’t see my loved ones, my family or even my community facing any challenges. I will never be the one to pass judgement based on a single incident.”
Observing that according to unofficial reports nine Indians are missing since the attack, a source said that “due to certain processes involved, official confirmation about Indian casualties may take a while to come in”.
9 Indians Missing in New Zealand After Mosque Terror Attack
(With inputs from PTI, NDTV)