The 39-year-old father of two, who is believed to be in one of the two mosques where a terrorist opened fire in Christchurch, New Zealand today, has undergone an operation to remove the bullet from his abdomen. Pic by NSTP/EMAIL

BAYAN LEPAS: After a frantic wait, family members of Rahimi Ahmad in Penang finally received news on his condition.

The 39-year-old father of two, who is believed to be in one of the two mosques where a terrorist opened fire in Christchurch, New Zealand today, has undergone an operation to remove the bullet from his abdomen.

This was relayed by his wife, Noor Azila Mohammad, also 39, to family members and Bayan Lepas assemblyman Azrul Mahathir Aziz, who visited the family in Kampung Binjai here this evening.

“I have just spoken to Rahimi’s wife. She said she was with her son, Ahmad Razif, 11, who was also at the mosque compound at the time of the attack. The son’s doing fine.

“She also told me that her husband had just undergone an operation to remove the bullet from his abdomen. He is expected to go for another surgery tomorrow as the bullet is believed to have grazed his spine,” he said.

Azrul said arrangements are also being made by the Penang government and the Deputy Foreign Minister to fly Rahimi’s mother, Rokiah Mohammad, 65, and elder brother, Roshidi, 42, to New Zeland tomorrow to visit him.

“We are trying to get the tickets so they can fly out tomorrow,” he added.

Earlier today, Rokiah told newsmen that the family was anxiously waiting for updates on Rahimi’s condition, and praying for his safety.

She said she only managed to speak briefly with her daughter-in-law about 2pm before attempts to call the latter failed.

“My daughter-in-law called me at 2pm and told me her son, Ahmad Razif, who was at the mosque compound at the time of the attack, was saved by others.

“However, she told me there was still no news about Rahimi. I am worried as any mother would be. I am sad. I want some answers.

“I have not been able to reach her ever since. I am just praying for the best that my son will survive this ordeal,” she said.

Rahimi works as a technician in a factory there while Noor Azila is pursuing her studies. The family has been staying in New Zealand for more than four years now.

The couple also have another child, nine-year-old Nur Faiqah.

Rokiah had said that if given the chance, she wanted to travel to Christchurch to await news of her son and see him personally.

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