Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Playing Dead to Escape Massacre; ?Family of London Banker Killed in Terrorist Shooting Tell How Relative Survived by Hiding among the Bodies 'They Put a Gun under a Man's Face and Fired. Amazingly He Survived'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Playing Dead to Escape Massacre; ?Family of London Banker Killed in Terrorist Shooting Tell How Relative Survived by Hiding among the Bodies 'They Put a Gun under a Man's Face and Fired. Amazingly He Survived'

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger EXCLUSIVE

THE full horror of a terrorist massacre in which a retired London banker was shot and killed as a relative "played dead" to survive can be revealed today.

Two gunmen on a motorcycle murdered Naiyyar Mehdi Zaidi, 60, two of his brothers and three other victims when they opened fire at a Shia Muslim gathering in Pakistan.

Mr Zaidi's daughter-in-law Qaisra Khan, an Islamic art expert and former British Museum curator, told how one relative, Murtaza Ali Zaidi, had to pretend to be dead after being hit in order to avoid being killed.

A family friend, Asad Rizvi, bravely tried to tackle the gunmen, who wore tactical body armour in Monday's attack, but was shot in the face. Ms Khan told the Standard: "Murtaza was shot in the shoulder. He saw Continued from Page 1 it all. He stayed down because if he'd stood up he'd have been shot again. He stayed down with the deceased.

"The perpetrators were in full bullet-proof gear. One of the men who survived tried to tackle them and he was shot under the chin.

"They put the gun under his face and fired. But he survived and is recovering well, amazingly."

Mr Zaidi, a keen gardener who worked at Habib Bank AG Zurich before retiring about a year ago, had travelled to Karachi to prepare for another son's wedding next summer. He was due to return to the UK on November 7. The group was standing outside a prayer meeting for women at a private residence in the city when the two gunmen drove past and tried to gain entry. As the guards closed the gates, the pair began firing.

Also killed were brothers Nasir Abbas Zaidi, who is a US citizen, and Pakistani national Baqir Abbas Zaidi, along with distant relative Mohammad Zaki Khan, young driver Mohammad Nadeem, who had just got married, and a woman who has not been identified.

Two other Zaidi brothers are recovering in hospital Tahir Abbas, who is a wealthy businessman from Pakistan, and Nadir Abbas.

It had been suggested the gunmen may have been targeting Tahir Abbas, but Ms Khan, 38, who is a Sunni Muslim, said she believed that it was in fact a sectarian attack targeting the Shia gathering. …

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