‘I couldn’t save my friend’: carnage leaves Christchurch stunned

People in the New Zealand city describe scenes of terror after a gunman left 49 people dead

“It was very peaceful, calm and quiet, as it is when the sermon starts,” said Farid Ahmed, who was observing Friday prayers at Al Noor mosque in Christchurch’s leafy district of Deans Avenue. “Then, suddenly, the shooting started.”

Within a few, short, brutal minutes, 41 people would lie dead or dying inside and outside the mosque. Seven more would be killed at Linwood mosque, just over four miles away. The 49th victim died shortly after reaching hospital.

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