Source: The Guardian
BY Ashifa Kassam in Toronto
When gunfire erupted in his mosque in Quebec City, Aymen Derbali’s instincts took over. The 41-year-old locked eyes with the shooter, inching slowly towards him through the 50 or so people still milling around after evening prayers.
His plan was simple: “I thought if he shoots in my direction, he wouldn’t use his bullets on anyone else.”
The gunman put seven bullets in Derbali before pausing to reload his semi-automatic rifle. As Derbali slipped out of consciousness, he noticed that his plan had worked; the momentary distraction had allowed several to escape the mosque.
Two months later, Derbali woke up in a Quebec City hospital – and only then did he learn the horrifying toll of the attack: six men, all of them fathers, were dead. He was one of 19 people who had been injured.