Alabi Lateef, a Nigerian Imam who rescued several people during the New Zealand terror attack, has broken his silence about the terrorist attack.
Lateef was at the Linwood mosque in Christchurch on the 15th of March, when a gunman, Brenton Tarrant, attacked Muslims, leaving 49 people dead and 48 people severely injured.
It was reported that worshippers at the Linwood mosque were about to drop to the floor for the second part of the prayer service when Lateef sighted the terrorist.
On hearing the gunfire outside, the Imam warned the worshippers to take cover.
In a chat with The New Zealand Herald, he said:
“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.”
The Imam rushed outside with a fellow Muslim, Abdul Aziz, who picked up a credit card machine on his way.
Aziz told NZ Herald that he threw the machine at the terrorist, who was running towards his car to get another weapon. The terrorist responded by firing at Aziz, who scaled through a series of parked cars to escape the fired shots, picking up a discarded gun.
Trying to pull the trigger, Aziz found out that it was empty, he decided to hurl at the terrorist’s car. Jumping into his vehicle, the terrorist made a U-turn and absconded.
Lateef, who had locked the main door of the mosque to ensure the safety of the Muslims inside, then made a call to the emergency services, also did his best to help the injured ones.
“I can’t believe… I thought I’d be gone. I was ready to die because I felt for the brothers,” he added.
Culled from YabaLeftOnline