Imam says ‘we still love this country’

AFP
Published Mar 17, 2019, 2:27 am IST
Updated Mar 17, 2019, 2:27 am IST
“We still love this country,” said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque, vowing that extremists would “never ever touch our confidence”.
“Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said. (Photo: AP)
 “Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said. (Photo: AP)

Christchurch: An imam who was leading prayers at a Christchurch mosque when a gunman brandishing semi-automatic weapons mowed down his congregation said on Saturday that the Muslim community's love for New Zealand would not be shaken by the massacre.

“We still love this country,” said Ibrahim Abdul Halim, imam of Linwood Mosque, vowing that extremists would “never ever touch our confidence”.

 

Halim gave a harrowing account of the moment during Friday prayers when gunshots rang out in the mosque, replacing peaceful reflection with screaming, bloodshed and death.

“Everyone laid down on the floor, and some women started crying, some people died immediately,” he said.

But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation. “My children live here” he said, adding, “we are happy”.

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