Adeeb Sami (inset, right) and Hussein Hazim Hussein Pasha Al Umari (inset, left)


Christchurch mosque shooting: the hero and fallen from UAE


DUBAI – The deadly shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killed a former UAE resident and left another recovering in hospital after shielding his sons from gunfire.

Adeeb Sami, 52, was visiting New Zealand to celebrate his children’s birthday on Friday and was at Al Noor Mosque for prayers when the gunman attacked.

Sami, a company executive in the UAE, shielded his sons Ali, 23, and Abdullah, 29, with his body as the shooter opened fire and shot him in the back.

Sami’s family in Dubai said he is now recovering from surgery.

On Friday, the gunman also attacked the nearby Linwood Islamic Centre, leaving 49 people dead and at least 20 seriously injured.

Police have taken three people into custody, including prime suspect Brenton Tarrant who was charged with murder on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a former Abu Dhabi resident was among those killed in the terror attack, his mother, Janna Ezat, announced on Facebook.

Hussein Hazim Hussein Pasha Al Umari, who was born in Abu Dhabi but migrated to Christchurch with his family in 1995, was shot was he was performing ablution in the Al Noor mosque.

Ezat described Al Umari as “full of life and always put others’ needs before his.” The 35-year-old victim was an employee in the tourism sector. GAD/Expat Media


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