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Muslim Bravery Foils Armed Robbery

NEW ZEALAND – A New Zealand Muslim’s courage to ignore a gun-wielding masked man was so unexpected, forcing the armed robber to flee the shop, a CCTV video footage released by police revealed.

“He came into my shop and took out a gun from a bag and asked me to give him money,” Said Ahmed, who runs the Egyptian Kebab House in Christchurch, explained to the BBC on Tuesday, July 12.

“I’m not a hero. I just stayed calm and he wasn’t expecting that.”

Ahmed became a celebrated hero after CCTV footage was released by Canterbury police on their Facebook page.

It has been viewed 2280,000 times and has more than 990 shares.

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The CCTV footage from inside the shop showed that Ahmed wasn’t fazed by the gun-wielding masked man demanding money.

It showed the cool kebab shop owner placing an order into a bag and handing it to a waiting customer, as the would-be robber continues to make his demands for cash.

“I am a businessman. I hadn’t finished with my customer and my priority was to finish serving him,” Ahmed said.

“When the customer left I walked to the kitchen to call the police. I told him too and he couldn’t believe it.

“For a moment I was scared he might shoot but then I just thought if that happens then it is my destiny, but my calm reaction just surprised him I think and he just ran away.”

Though police are still looking for the robber, Ahmed is quickly becoming a celebrity in his local community.

“Customers have been telling me how brave I am but I don’t think I am brave. It just happened and I didn’t really think anything of it,” he said

“It was a surprise because nothing like this has ever happened to me in the 15 years I have owned the shop.

“It has made me a little bit famous though and that is quite nice.”