New Zealand mosque shooting: Malaysian feigned death when terrorist opened fire in a bid to save his life

Penangite Rahimi Ahmad, 36, saved himself after playing dead during the shooting. Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, 46, a friend of his, was also injured and is currently in hospital


                            New Zealand mosque shooting: Malaysian feigned death when terrorist opened fire in a bid to save his life

When Penangite Rahimi Ahmad, 36, went to Masjid Al Noor on Deans Avenue in Christchurch, New Zealand, for Friday prayers as usual, he didn't know it was going to be "one of New Zealand's darkest days", as described by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden. Two separate mosques in Christchurch, were subject to mass shootings that claimed the lives of 49 civilians.

 Police investigate a property at Somerville Street on March 15, 2019, in Dunedin, New Zealand (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)
 Police investigate a property at Somerville Street on March 15, 2019, in Dunedin, New Zealand (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

At least five Malaysian victims were involved in the terror attack. Among those injured was Rahimi, whose quick thinking possibly saved his life after he played possum. “Rahimi is injured, but he acted as if he was dead,” said his friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The source also identified 46-year-old Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, a flight simulator operator and his former classmate from the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, who was also injured after being shot in the back.

The High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington confirmed earlier on Friday that Tarmizi is currently in hospital and receiving treatment for his wounds. He was reportedly with his wife and two kids at the mosque to perform Friday prayers, the friend added.



 

One of Tarmizi's sons, Haziq, is still missing. The victim's friends are currently on a mission to find him. “When the incident happened, Mizi (Tarmizi) and his children, along with Rahimi and another friend of mine Nazril, were in the mosque," he said. "Mizi ran off with Hariz, but he was shot at the back. Hariz is safe now. Haziq was left behind with Nazril and Rahimi. We are still unsure of Haziq’s status."



According to AFP, at least 49 deaths have been confirmed after the mass shootings. One gunman, Brenton Tarrant, identified as a right-wing terrorist with Australian citizenship, has been charged with murder, while three other suspects have been detained.