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Husband of slain woman says forgives NZ mosque gunman

AFP  |  Christchurch 

A man whose 44-year-old wife was killed in the attack as she rushed back in to rescue him said he harbours no hatred toward the gunman, insisting is the best path forward.

"I would say to him 'I love him as a person'," told AFP.

Asked if he forgave the 28-year-old white supremacist suspect, he said: "Of course.

The best thing is forgiveness, generosity, loving and caring, positivity."

was among 50 people killed in the attack on two mosques that were packed for Friday prayers.

When the shooting started, she helped several people escape from the women's and children's hall.

"She was screaming 'come this way, hurry up', and she took many children and ladies towards a safe garden," Ahmad said.

"Then she was coming back for checking about me, because I was in a wheelchair, and as she was approaching the gate she was shot.

She was busy saving lives, forgetting about herself."


Ahmad, 59, who has been confined to a wheelchair since being hit by a in 1998, believes he escaped the hail of bullets because the gunman was focused on other targets.

"This guy was shooting one person two, three times, probably that gave some time to us to move out.. even the dead he was shooting them again."

He did not see his wife when he left the mosque and only learned of her death after somebody photographed her body.

"Her picture was out in the social media, so somebody showed me the picture and I identified quite easily."

Ahmad said if he was able to sit down with the mass murderer he would encourage him to rethink his outlook on life.

"I will tell him that inside him he has great potential to be a generous person, to be a kind person, to be a person who would save people, save humanity rather than destroy them," he said.

"I want him to look for that positive attitude in him, and I hope and I pray for him he would be a great civilian one day. I don't have any grudge.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 13:45 IST
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