The Moroccan had driven up to the mosque and saw worshippers rushing out “in all directions.”
Rabat – Moroccan Ph.D. student Moussa Bouray, a survivor of the New Zealand terror attacks against two mosques in Christchurch, has spoken out about the shooting.
Buray told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that he noticed something was wrong when he was trying to park his car after he arrived at the Al Nour Mosque.
Buray said he was with his wife, who had gotten out of the car to enter the mosque.
“I saw a large number of worshipers rushing out of the mosque in all directions,” said the Moroccan student.
Bouray said that he was still in his car when he heard gunfire. He added that his wife managed to hide in a building when she heard the sound of the gunfire.
The student described the terror attack as a “real nightmare,” emphasizing that the security serves quickly spread into the mosque to block the shooter.
Despite the quick intervention, the attacker killed 49 people and injured at least 50 more.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern emphasized that the attacks were unprecedented.
“Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand,” she said.
Muslims and non-Muslims all expressed sympathy and solidarity with the victims and their relatives.
One attacker shared a 73-page manifesto to justify his attack.
The 28-year-old attacker live-streamed the shooting, which showed him carrying a rifle and shooting at people deliberately. The video showed the attacker repeatedly pointing his rifle and shooting again at anyone trying to move.