Christchurch mosque attacks: Injured hero's brothers fly over to give support

7:46 am on 21 March 2019

Two men have flown to New Zealand to support their brother who has lost the use of his right hand after a bullet struck him in the shoulder during Friday's shooting.

Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir's brothers Mohammed Janveer Jahangir (left) and Mohammed Khursheed Jahangir.

Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir's brothers Mohammed Janveer Jahangir (left) and Mohammed Khursheed Jahangir. Photo: Photo / Charlotte Cook

Mohammed Khursheed Jahangir had flown from India, while Mohammed Janveer Jahangir had come from Brisbane to be with their brother Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir, who was seriously injured during the mosque shootings, which left 50 dead.

Ahmed was shot point-blank in the shoulder at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch after he charged at the gunman, and tried to "manhandle him".

"The bullet it went inside, it shattered inside and damaged all the bone of the shoulder," Mohammed Khursheed said.

"I was speaking to the surgeons who did the operation, who said his right arm is very hard to work anymore, and probably he will be paralysed with the right hand."

He had only just come out of danger, with the ventilator being taken off today.

His wife was also badly injured, but by the stampede of people trying to escape the mosque standing and falling on her.

She was unable to get out of bed, and the pair had hoped to get her to the hospital yesterday, where her husband was still in intensive care.

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The family was in a shocked state, they said, and no one had been in touch with her to see how she was, and offer support.

It is understood the local community is working to support the family.

Ahmed owned an Indian restaurant in Christchurch, and in the meantime the restaurant was closed, leaving five employees without a job to go to.

They were also very worried about other victims of Friday's shooting, who were in hospital all alone.

They had also been looking after another man, who had worked with their brother.

His family was in India, illiterate and too poor to make the trip to New Zealand to be by their son's side.

They didn't have passports, and there did not seem to be any way to get them assistance to come over and spend time with him.

"At this time he needs moral support ... there is no-one there to console him, nobody to see him," Mohammed Khursheed said.

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