Dramatic moment 'hero' shopkeeper fights off masked thugs armed with axe and crowbar in Canada

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This is the dramatic moment a shopkeeper fought off two masked thieves armed with a crowbar and an axe in Canada.

CCTV footage showed the two men walking into the newsagent in Calgary in the early hours of the morning demanding cash and cigarettes.

Nisar Ahmed was working alone when the two masked thieves burst into the Plus One Convenience Store and told him to get on the floor at 5am on August 17. 

He picked up a plastic stool to fend off the suspects as one of them closed in on him behind the counter with a pickaxe. 

Putting up a fight: A shopkeeper wrestles with two armed thieves

Mr Ahmed then began grappling with the suspect and ripped off his balaclava, while the second attacker started swinging a crowbar towards him.

He grabbed hold of the crowbar with his left arm while he was wrestling with the first attacker before he managed to escape from behind the counter and ran out of the store.

The quick-thinking shopkeeper then dragged large metal benches in front of the shop’s door to barricade his attackers inside while they stuffed stolen goods into a bag.

The thieves then smashed through the glass with the crowbar and their boots.

The shopkeeper tries to stop the armed robbers from escaping

But Mr Ahmed was not prepared to give up and began launching bottles of washing fluid at them.

When they tried to escape, he tackled the unmasked robber to the ground and held him until police arrived.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the robbery and have been charged with robbery and assault with a weapon.

The store’s owner Asif Mohamed said he gave Mr Ahmed a bonus and time off following the robbery.

He told CTVNews: “He’s a hero you know, because he caught the robber and didn’t get hurt. The most important thing is nothing happened to him.

“We say if a robber comes in, we say ‘take whatever you guys want here, take whole store, we don’t care’. Because I care about my employees.”


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