He asked survivor about his father, Dawoud Nabi, 65, a native of Afghanistan who had lived in New Zealand since 1977.
"Someone said he jumped on the fence and said he is safe," he said. The New York Times. "Then I waited and waited and my daughter called and said he is dead."
On Saturday morning, his hands shaved, he showed reporters a photo on his phone by his father and his daughter.
"Dad was the leader of Afghan society and welcomed everyone," he said.
The members of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team, who were in Christchurch for a match, were also rescued by tardiness, after a press conference delayed their walk to the Deans Avenue Mosque. 19659002] Mohammad Isam, an ESPN reporter covering the team, reported on an ESPN website that at 1:52 received a frightening conversation from Tamim Iqbal Khan, one of Bangladesh's cricketers.
"It's shooting here, please save us," Mr. Khan said, according to Isam.
"I think first that he plays a prank but he hangs up and rings again – this time his voice starts to crack," Isam wrote. "He says I should call the police because it is a shooter entering the mosque where they should enter."
Herr. Khan wrote on Twitter : "The whole team was saved from active shooters."
Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim, tweeted "We are extremely happy … never want to see this happen again … pray for us."