He requested survivors about his father, Dawoud Nabi, 65, a local of Afghanistan who had lived New Zealand since 1977.
“Somebody mentioned he jumped the fence and mentioned he’s secure,” he advised The New York Occasions. “Then I waited and waited and my daughter referred to as and mentioned he’s useless.”
On Saturday morning, his palms shaking, he confirmed reporters a photograph on his cellphone of his father and his daughter.
“Dad was the chief of the Afghan group and welcomed everybody,” he mentioned.
He had gone to the courthouse the place the accused gunman would seem. “Simply need to see his face,” he mentioned.
Members of Bangladesh’s nationwide cricket group, who have been in Christchurch for a match, have been additionally saved by tardiness, after a information convention delayed their stroll to the Deans Avenue mosque.
Mohammad Isam, an ESPN reporter masking the group, reported on an ESPN website that at 1:52 he obtained a terrified name from Tamim Iqbal Khan, one of many Bangladesh cricketers.
“There’s taking pictures right here, please save us,” Mr. Khan mentioned, based on Mr. Isam.
“I first assume that he’s taking part in a prank however he hangs up and calls once more – this time, his voice begins to crack,” Mr. Isam wrote. “He says that I ought to name the police as there’s a taking pictures happening contained in the mosque the place they’re about to enter.”
Mr. Khan wrote on Twitter: “Whole group obtained saved obtained saved from lively shooters.”
One other participant, Mushfiqur Rahim, tweeted “we r extraordinarily fortunate … by no means need to see this issues occur once more … pray for us.”