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Ethiopian survives Christchurch shootings

Abdulkadir Abba Bora hid under a shelf in the mosque used for the Koran.
Abdulkadir Abba Bora hid under a shelf in the mosque used for the Koran.

NEW ZEALAND- An Ethiopian man living in New Zealand who survived last week’s attack on a mosque in Christchurch has told BBC how he managed to stay alive by hiding.

Last Friday, 50 people were killed as two mosques were attacked allegedly by a lone gunman. ‘‘I hid under a shelf which is used to put the Koran on. I lay down and pretended I was dead,’’ Abdulkadir Abba Bora said.

He told BBC Afaan Oromoo service that he thought his life was about to end. ‘‘I was thinking of my wife, my children and I cried. I was praying. Now I feel as if I have a second chance at life.’’

The father of three is still traumatized by the attack in which two other Ethiopians are known to have been injured.
New Zealand will ban all types of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles following the Christchurch attacks, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said.

The announcement comes less than a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques, allegedly by a lone gunman.

Ms Ardern said she expected new legislation to be in place by 11 April, saying: "Our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too." All of the dead have now been formally identified, police have confirmed.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with one murder and was expected to face further charges. However, police said on Thursday that the person he was formally accused of killing had been wrongly declared dead.

They said they had apologised to the woman and her family, and that the charge sheet would be updated when the suspect appeared in court on 5 April.


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