Worshipper armed only with credit card machine confronted gunman

Abdul Aziz: The man who saved lives by running at the Christchurch gunman

"This is a killer", Alabi said and shouted at the congregation of more than 80 people to get down.

Mr Tarrant, who appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder, on Monday sacked his state-appointed lawyer.

Australian counter-terrorism police searched two homes early Monday linked to the gunman accused of killing 50 people at two New Zealand mosques last week, police said, reports AFP.

At least another seven people died at the Linwood Avenue mosque, about five kilometres away, where Syed Mazharuddin said a man wearing body armour and a helmet opened fire. The gunman had already killed dozens at the Al Noor mosque nearby, and on the streets.

"He had on army clothes". By the time I took cover this guy came through the main entrance door and it's a small mosque - there were about 60 to 70 people there.

A student lights candle during the vigil
A student lights candle during the vigil

When he realized the mosque was being attacked, he ran toward the gunman, picking up a credit card machine as a makeshift weapon.

The shooter ran back to his auto and got another gun.

Aziz said the man ran back to his vehicle to possibly pick up another firearm.

The shotgun he had picked up was out of ammunition, so when the killer got back in his auto Mr Aziz says he threw the weapon "like an arrow", breaking the vehicle's window.

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"For a long time, I didn't know if my kids were alive or dead or injured because I couldn't go inside the mosque", Aziz said. "I was ready to die because I felt for the brothers", he added.

"Allah (SWT) saved them all, not me", he said.

Originally from Kabul, Afghanistan, Mr Aziz said he left as a refugee when he was a child and lived for more than 25 years in Australia before moving to New Zealand a couple of years ago.

They came together as one, more than 1,000 students from rival Christchurch schools and different religions, joining voices to honour the 50 lives lost in a massacre that has deeply wounded the cozy New Zealand city.

Almost 100 Muslim worshippers who had sheltered in the mosque in the rampage were left unharmed.

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He then walked back inside and started shooting again.

New South Wales Police said: "The primary aim of the activity is to formally obtain material that may assist New Zealand Police in their ongoing investigation".

"We are a nation who will never accept acts like this!", said a poster-sized message decorated with hearts attached to the iron fence of the botanic gardens.

Footage of the killings was live-streamed by the attacker, and on Sunday police said it was now classified as an objectionable publication and therefore it was an offence to distribute or possess the material.

More details have emerged about the man who risked his life in what appears to have been an ultimately successful attempt to stymie the murderous campaign of the racist New Zealand mosque terrorist at the second location he targeted.

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Tarrant, a self-avowed white supremacist, spent his youth in Grafton but has travelled overseas extensively over the past decade and had lived in recent years in Dunedin, New Zealand. This was right before Rashid was killed, along with his son. Both were killed in the attack.

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