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Mum listened to her son die on the phone during New Zealand terror attack

A horrified mum listened to her teenage son dying after he was shot by far-right terror maniac Brenton Tarrant in the New ­Zealand mosques massacre.

Panic-stricken Hamza Mustafa phoned Salwa as the killer unleashed volleys of bullets during his murderous rampage.

The 16-year-old was desperately trying to flee the gunman with brother Zaid, 13, when he made the call. Salwa, whose husband Khaled, 44, was also among the 50 worshippers killed in the shootings, told of her son’s frantic pleas as New Zealanders united in grief and against hate yesterday.

She said: “He said, ‘Mum, there’s someone come into the mosque and he’s shooting us.’

"He was running with his brother who had been shot in his leg.

"After that I heard shooting and he screamed and after that I didn’t hear him. I called, ‘Hamza, Hamza,’ and I can hear his little voice and after that it was quiet.”

Salwa, who only arrived in New Zealand with her family last year after escaping war-torn Syria, clung to her phone for 20 minutes but could only hear silence as her boy’s life slipped away.

She added: “His phone was on, but I couldn’t talk to him. Then someone picked up the phone and told me, ‘Your son can’t breathe, I think he’s dead.’

“Everyone loved Hamza. He was very caring, polite.”

As she was on the phone Salwa rushed to the Al Noor Mosque in ­Christchurch where her son had been gunned down but said police would not let her past. And her agony deepened when she arrived at the hospital where Khaled had been taken to find him dying. She said: “One of the nurses called his name. They took me to the room, he was lying, shot, taking his last breaths. I sat beside him for half an hour, watching him dying.

“I saw he was shot in his head, neck, leg and arm. After that he died.”

Friend Ali Akil said of the family: “They survived atrocities and arrived here in a safe haven, only to be killed in the most atrocious way. They were just looking for a safe place.”

Zaid was last night recovering from his injuries. New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern yesterday met mourners at Kilbirnie Mosque in the capital Wellington. Wearing a black headscarf, she appeared visibly moved as she greeted and hugged members of the Muslim community and laid a floral tribute at a makeshift memorial.

Ms Ardern, who pledged to tighten up gun laws in the wake of the massacre, said: “Their message was one of ­gratitude, for the outpouring of love they’ve experienced from the people of Wellington and of acknowledgement of grief that the community feels.”

Ms Ardern confirmed 50 people, aged between three and 77, had died in the attacks and 50 were injured, with 36 still in intensive care.

She spoke as more harrowing tales emerged of the horrors inside the Al Noor Mosque, where Tarrant, 28, struck first before going on to kill more at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Shihadeh Nasasrah told how he spent 10 minutes lying under two dying men as the massacre unfolded while an imam gave a sermon.

The 63-year-old dad-of-three, who was shot twice in the leg, said: “He would go out and bring more ­ammunition and resume shooting.

“Every time he stopped, I thought he was gone. But he returned over and over again. Panic spread. We scrambled to leave but the bullets brought us down. Two people came on top of me and the man approached and opened fire. Both were killed and I felt them dying. I felt their blood. I was shot and I thought, ‘I’m dying.’”

Among the Linwood victims were Zeeshan Razam, 38, and his Pakistani parents Ghulam Hussain and Karam Bibi, in their 60s. The couple arrived in New Zealand last month to visit him.

Murdered Mohsin Al-Harbi’s wife suffered a heart attack after being told of his death. She was last night in a critical ­condition. Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team were due at the mosque at the time of the shooting but were delayed by traffic.

Ms Ardern revealed her office was emailed a 74-page manifesto by Tarrant minutes before he went on his killing spree. MI5 is investigating potential links between the killer and UK domestic extremist groups.

His manifesto specifically named London mayor Sadiq Khan and terror attacks in Britain.

Australian Tarrant appeared in court on Saturday charged with murder. He was remanded in custody until April 5. Police said two other people arrested after the attacks are not believed to be involved.

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