New Zealand mosque massacre: Nigerian imam survives attack, speaks

A Nigerian man was the spiritual leader at one of the mosques that was attacked in New Zealand recently. Alabi Lateef Zirullah was the prayer leader at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where a lone gunman, Brenton Tarrant, opened fire on worshippers killing at least seven people, after already killing 42 others at the Al Noor mosque on Friday, March 15.

At the Linwood mosque, worshippers were about to drop to the floor for the second part of the prayer service at around 1.55pm when Lateef spotted the gunman.

On hearing gunfire outside the mosque, Lateef allegedly screamed at worshipers to go down so as to take cover.

He revealed in a chat with The New Zealand Herald, that: “When I saw those Muslims shot dead, I just told our brothers, ‘Go down! Go down! Somebody has just shot our brothers outside the masjid.”

“No one listened to me until unfortunately he came from behind and he shot one of our brothers in the head through the window. He saw him standing and shot him through the window. When glass got broken and the brother fell down, everyone realised to go down.” Zirullah later called emergency services and tried to help the dying and wounded after the gunman had left.

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