The Nigerian born Islamic scholar, Lateef Alabi, was also inside the Linwood Masjid mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where 49 people were killed on Friday.
Alabi, who is the acting Imam of the mosque, was observing prayers inside when he heard gunshots by self-confessed white supremacist, Brenton Tarrant.
E247mag.com understands that Alabi who is about completing his Ph.D in Malaysia has been in New Zealand for three years.
“I stopped my prayer, I peek through the window and I found a person with, you know, machine gun and heavy dress,” Alabi said.
“By the time I peeked on the floor I see two, three dead bodies. Then realised oh, this must be something else. This is a terrorist attack.”
Alabi said he told worshippers to duck down and then described how another worshipper decided to confront the attacker during a lull in the gunfire.
“By the time he got there (outside the mosque) the bullets were finished and the gun was used,” Alabi recounted.
Alabi said he never expected to experience a terrorist attack in New Zealand as he picked up bodies of the dead one-by-one.
He added that the death toll would have been more, but for Abdul Aziz, who confronted the gunman.
He said the 48-year-old Aziz engaged the gunman in a cat-and-mouse chase before scaring him into speeding away in his car.
“Then this brother came over. He went after him, and he managed to overpower him, and that’s how we were saved,” Alabi said, referring to Aziz.
“Otherwise, if he managed to come into the mosque, then we would all probably be gone.”