New Zealand shootings: Brit who survived mosque massacre recalls horror scenes

A British survivor of the New Zealand mosque attack described how worshippers fell to the floor amid relentless gunfire. Nathan Smith moved from Dorset to New Zealand 13 years ago and was a regular worshipper at ChristchurchsAl Noor mosqueafter converting to Islam. He was at the mosque when terror suspectBrenton Tarrant allegedly opened fire, killing 50 people. Nathan said: You heard bang, bang, bang and it was relentless. Ithought it was firecrackers or thought it might be an electrical problem. Then all of a sudden the windows started going out and I could see people

standing up and then falling over. Nathan Smith converted to Islam after moving to New Zealand 14 years ago (Image: BBC) The Al Noor mosque where the massacre took place (Image: AAP/PA Images) Read MoreRelated ArticlesFeared biker gang to guard Muslim prayers after Christchurch mosque attacks The bodies were stacked on top of each other, people were falling, the windows were going out - I cant explain it. How I got out, I dont know. Nathan managed to escape through the back of the mosque, but said he cant remember how he managed to leave. He told the BBC : I cant remember from the minute I got up to the minute I was o

ut the back. Its a lot of people gone. The person whose house I got married at - gone. The first burials of victims of the m

assacre have taken place today - Wednesday, March 20. British-born Nathan Smith is a survivor of the Christchurch mosque attacks (Image: BBC) Locals lay flowers and condolences at the Huda Mosque in tribute to those killed (Image: Getty Images) Read MoreRelated ArticlesFather and son buried together in first funerals of Christchurch mosque massacre Two caskets were carried into the Memorial Park cemetery in the South Island city at around midday.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funerals of Khaled Must

afa, 44, and his 14-year-old son Hamza. The teenager was on the phone to his mother when he was gunned down inside the Al Noor Mosque. Khaled, who brought his family to New Zealand from war-torn Syria, was also shot dead during Friday prayers. Relatives and volunteers carried the two caskets from a mortuary van into a marquee where prayers were held. Suspect Brenton Tarrant was spotted staking out the two mosques he targeted a week before the attacks, it has been claimed. Mourners carry the first coffin of the Christchurch mosques massacre victim (Image: AFP/Getty Images) Relatives arrive to attend the first burial

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lives insists hes no hero Worshippers said he was disguised as a builder and one claimed he gave them a “death stare” during “recess” on the Al Noor and Linwood site

s. Nasin Khan, 59, claimed he spotted Tarrant acting suspiciously while observing Friday prayers on March 8 at Al Noor. He said he was dressed in “construction clothes”, adding: “I didn’t think much about it. But when I saw his photo I knew straight away it was him. He must have been watching.” Nasreen Khanam, 46, said she saw Tarrant the same day, near Linwood mosque, while picking up her daughter up from her McDonald’s job nearby. Read MoreNew Zealand mosque terror attackFaces of mosque terror victimsPM hugs mourners at mosqueHero dad shot while shielding sonManifesto sent minutes before attack