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Hello, brother: New Zealand mosques shooting victim’s last words to attacker

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A Muslim Christchurch worshipper, who was among the people killed in the New Zealand mosques shooting on Friday, appeared to have said “Hello, brother” to the attacker when he entered the mosque minutes before carrying out the massacre.

The worshipper, who is yet to be identified, greeted the attacker as he approached the entrance of the Al Noor mosque in New Zealand’s Christchurch. In the livestreamed video of the attack, the man can be heard saying, “Hello, brother”.

The Muslim worshipper was shot dead soon after.

Several Twitter users hailed the Muslim man who greeted the attacker before he was shot dead. According to the reports, the worshipper was the first victim of the New Zealand mass shooting.

“Hello, brother were the first words a Muslim worshipper said to the attacker as he entered the mosque. They were also his last words before he was shot to death. My heart is shattered,” a Twitter user wrote.

“The first victim of the terrorist attack in New Zealand is shown on the video greeting the gunman with Hello Brother. Those were his last words. Love in the face of hate,” another said.

“Hello brother a word came out of a pure soul filled with a peaceful faith. Hello brother,was said to a killer with a rifle pointed to this greeting. Hello brother he said thinking that he is talking to a human with soul and feelings. Hello brother, was shot dead.”

In the deadliest incident of violence in New Zealand in over seven decades, at least 49 people were killed and and 48 others, including an Indian, injured when a gunman opened indiscriminate fire during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch city.

At least 9 people of Indian nationality or Indian origin are missing after Friday’s shootings at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch left 49 people dead, High Commissioner Sanjiv Kohli said.

“As per updates received from multiple sources, there are 9 missing persons of indian nationality/origin. Official confirmation still awaited. Huge crime against humanity. Our prayers with their families,” Sanjiv Kohli tweeted.

The attacks evoked condemnation from across the world and a call to counter Islamophobia and hate crimes. It was the first attack on a mosque in the “Western World” since the attack in Canada’s Quebec in January 2017 in which six worshippers were killed and 19 others injured.

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