'I saw a pile of dead bodies', says Malaysian survivor of Christchurch terror attack

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  • Saturday, 16 Mar 2019

PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian who survived the New Zealand mosque shooting on Friday (March 15) said he had "pieces of brains" on his pants during the massacre that has left at least 49 people dead.

Noor Yahaya Hamzah said that he was not injured and that he had managed to run out of the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch during the shooting.

"I am writing this from home. I managed to get away from the hospital.

"The time was about 1.30pm, and Friday prayer had just begun," he said in an exclusive interview with StarTV.

Noor Yahaya said the moment he heard gunshots being fired inside the Al Noor Mosque, he panicked but managed to run to the side of the mosque with other worshippers and hid behind cars and buildings.

"While walking outside, I saw two dead bodies. I looked into the mosque and saw bodies piled up in the main hall.

"At the front of the mosque, there were four or five dead bodies. Two more dead bodies were on the street in front of the mosque.

"The police took our details and they led us to Hagley Park in front of the mosque. Then we were taken to the hospital by the police," said Noor Yahaya, who was still traumatised by the attack.

The main suspect in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on Saturday, reported Reuters.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's High Court on April 5.

Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

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