"Hero" challenged mosque attacker with credit-card machine

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Published on March 17, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

"Hero" challenged mosque attacker with credit-card machine

An Afghan-born hero tells Reuters how he chased one of the New Zealand mosque attack armed only with a credit card machine.

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"Hero" challenged mosque attacker with credit-card machine

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As New Zealanders struggled to cope with the deadly mayhem in Christchurch, stories of heroism have emerged from the tragedy, including a worshipper who chased away a gunman armed only with a credit card machine.

Police and eyewitnesses say a second attack by 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant was partly thwarted by Abdul Aziz, 48, who was born in Afghanistan.

Aziz said he charged at Tarrant outside the Linwood mosque when someone shouted that a gunman had opened fire.

Tarrant had already killed dozens at the Al Noor mosque nearby, and on the streets.

"He had on army clothes.

I wasn't sure if he was the good guy or the bad guy.

When he swore at me, I knew that he's not the good guy," Aziz told Reuters in an interview on Sunday (March 17).

When he realised the mosque was being attacked, he ran towards Tarrant, picking up a credit card machine as a makeshift weapon.

Tarrant ran back to his car and got another gun.

Aziz said he threw the credit card machine, ducking between the cars as Tarrant opened fire.

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