New Zealand Terror Attack: Mother Says She Heard Son, 16, Shot and Killed During Phone Call

The mother of a victim of the New Zealand terror attack has recalled how she spoke to her "wonderful" teenage son on the phone until he died, as he ran from the gunman.

Salwa Mustafa told Stuff.co.nz her 16-year-old son Hamza called her on Friday morning. He was at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch with his father Khaled Hamza, 44, and his brother Zaid Hamza, 13, to attend Friday prayers when the shooter entered the building. The family were originally from Syria, and had sought refugee in New Zealand last year.

On the phone as he fled with his brother from the killer, Hamza told his mother Zaid had been shot in the leg.

"Mum, there's someone come into the mosque and he's shooting us," Salwa recalled her son saying, speaking to Stuff.co.nz from Christchurch Hospital. Zaid was recovering from gunshot wounds at the facility, after undergoing a six-hour operation over the weekend, Ali Akil, who runs the Syrian Solidarity New Zealand which has posted updated on the family, wrote on Facebook.

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

Salwa stayed on the line for 22 minutes, hoping her son would eventually respond. Then someone told the mother her son couldn't breathe. "I think he's dead," they said.

Khaled, whom Salwa described as a "very caring person," died from bullet wounds.

Salwa told Stuff.co.nz her son, a student at Cashmere High School, was the "most wonderful boy."

Akil wrote on Facebook the Mustafa family were refugees, and had arrived in New Zealand in 2018.

At least 50 people were killed and 36 people were in hospital on Sunday after a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers. Australian Brenton Harris Tarrant, 28, has been charged with murder over the terror attack. He appeared in court on Saturday morning. Prior to the attack which he live-streamed on Facebook, he shared a 74-page extreme-right wing, white nationalist manifesto online.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the attack "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence."

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Candles burn next to a picture of a weeping Kiwi that has been laid amongst other tributes by the wall of the Botanic Gardens on March 17, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. 50 people are confirmed dead, with 36 injured still in hospital following shooting attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March. Getty Images