One of the victims of the Christchurch Mosque massacre has been hailed a hero for his incredible act of brave devotion to his Islamic faith after he called the gunman his ‘brother’ as the killer walked towards him with a semi-automatic shotgun.
During the sickening 17-minute live stream broadcast on Facebook the white supremacist terrorist, who has been named as Brenton Tarrant, entered the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch to kill 49 people as they prayed their afternoon prayers.
But as he entered he was greeted by one of his victims who welcomed him with the words ‘hello brother’.
He has now been hailed for his incredible act of brave devotion and ‘showing the kindness that is Islam’ as he showed compassion even when faced with the barrel of a semi-automatic shotgun.
Four people have been arrested following the horrific bloodbath over dual Mosque attacks which has left 49 dead and a further 48 injured in what has been described as New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’.
The gunman stormed the Mosque at around 1.45pm with a semi-automatic shotgun and a rifle as around 100 defenseless Muslims prayed their afternoon prayers.
He live streamed a wretched 17-minute long video which showed him opening fire mercilessly on people as they prayed.
Many of the worshippers continued to pray in the face of gunfire as bodies dropped next to them.
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.
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.