Two surviviors of vicious mosque attacks nine years ago have been overwhelmed by the solidarity and warmth shown by New Zealanders – something they didn’t receive in their own country.
Zulfiqar Ahmad, 34, and Mirza Ahmad, 38, were attending Friday prayer at two different mosques in Lahore in Pakistan on May 28, 2010 when gunmen started shooting the congregation. About 98 people were killed in the attacks.
Zulfiqar huddled in a corridor for 45 minutes with 70 others while the attacks happened in the next room at the Bait-ul-Noor mosque. Mirza was shot seven times at the Darul Zikr mosque and still has a bullet in his leg reminding him of the horriffic attack.
Zulfiqar said it took him a long time to return to Friday prayer and he didn’t go back to the mosque until he returned from studying in Pakistan a few years later.
Mirza spent more than four weeks in hospital and had several operations on his arm and leg.
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