Monday, 25 March, 2019

NZ police order lockdown amid mosque shooting reports

New Zealand Shooting Bangladesh Cricketers Narrowly Avoid Mosque Shootings AP
Kenny Thornton | 15 March, 2019, 05:40

First responders carried a victim away from a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque after Friday's shooting.

Among those inside the mosque in downtown Christchurch were members of Bangladesh's national cricket team, according to a Bangladeshi journalist, Mohammad Isam.

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team said the players were shaken up, but fine.

New Zealand police were hunting "an active shooter" in the center of Christchurch city on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, police commissioner Mike Bush said.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high".

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

The national public broadcaster Radio New Zealand quoted an eyewitness who said, "There was blood everywhere".

'Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers, ' Tamim Iqbal tweeted.

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Witnesses reported seeing a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit carrying an automatic rifle entering the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Hagley Park.

Christchurch resident Katherine Jamieson is in lockdown in her home, which is located down the road from the Mosque.

Reacting to the shooting incident, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this is one of the country's darkest days.

According to New Zealand Herald, a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson described the incident as an "unfolding situation", on being questioned whether the match will take place as scheduled after the incident.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

"Just escaped active shooters!"

A reporter at the scene said people at the cordon were hugging as they passed through the tape.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said. Another man said he saw children being shot.

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