Attacks hit close to home for ACC student


Local News

March 20, 2019 - 9:35 AM

Allen Community College freshman Thandinkosi Mnqathu, right, of Auckland, New Zealand, counts two friends among the injured in attacks last week in New Zealand. With him is classmate Joelle Natividad, an Australia native.

Iola is 8,000 miles from Christchurch, New Zealand, the site of a pair attacks Friday that killed 50 and left another 50 injured.

The incident hit agonizingly close to home for Thandinkosi Mnqathu, who has lived in New Zealand for the past 10 years, and is now a freshman at Allen Community College.

Mngathu spoke Tuesday about the attacks, along with his classmate Joelle Natividad, who is from Australia. 

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