Husband of slain woman says forgives New Zealand mosque gunman

CHRISTCHURCH: A man whose 44-year-old wife was killed in the Christchurch mosque attack as she rushed back in to rescue him said he harbours no hatred toward the gunman, insisting forgiveness is the best path forward.

“I would say to him ‘I love him as a person’,” Farid Ahmad told AFP.

Asked if he forgave the 28-year-old white supremacist suspect, he said: “Of course. The best thing is forgiveness, generosity, loving and caring, positivity.”

Husna Ahmed was among 50 people killed in the attack on two mosques that were packed for Friday prayers.

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He did not see his wife when he left the mosque and only learned of her death after somebody photographed her body.

“Her picture was out in the social media, so somebody showed me the picture and I identified quite easily.”

Ahmad said if he was able to sit down with the mass murderer he would encourage him to rethink his outlook on life.

“I will tell him that inside him he has great potential to be a generous person, to be a kind person, to be a person who would save people, save humanity rather than destroy them,” he said.

“I want him to look for that positive attitude in him, and I hope and I pray for him he would be a great civilian one day. I don’t have any grudge.”