He asked survivor of his father, Dawoud Nabi, 65, a native of Afghanistan who had lived in New Zealand since 1977.
"Someone said he jumped the fence and said he was safe," he The New York Times. "Then I waited and waited, and my daughter called and said he was dead."
Saturday morning, his hands shook, he showed journalists a picture on his phone of his father and his daughter.
"Father was the leader of the Afghan community and welcomed everyone," he said.
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 trip to Deans Avenue Mosque. 19659002] Mohammad Isam, an ESPN reporter covering the team, reported on an ESPN website that at 1:52 he received a scary call from Tamim Iqbal Khan, one of the Bangladesh cricketers.
"There is shooting here, please save us," said Mr. Khan, according to Mr. Isam.
"I think first he plays a prank, but he hangs up and rings again – this time his voice starts to crack," Isam writes. "He says I have to call the police because there is a shooting going on inside the mosque where they are entering."
Herr. Khan wrote on Twitter : "The whole team was rescued from active shooters."
Another player, Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted "We are very lucky … will never see this happen again … pray for us."