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Bangladesh Test team escapes Christchurch shooting

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident
Rita Gibson | 17 March, 2019, 06:59

An worldwide cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled after players from the visiting team narrowly avoided a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday.

A spokesperson for New Zealand Cricket told Stuff it was an "unfolding situation" as to whether the match would go ahead.

'Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch, ' Richardson said. "I've lost count of the number of police cars, but obviously all the police on these cordons are heavily armed and trying to keep the public out of the scene, keep them safe until they know exactly what's happened here, and that they've managed to apprehend the alleged gunman", she said.

We were in the bus and we too panicked and asked the driver if we could leave the area, he told us the only way out was through the mosque, and that was extremely risky for us.

He posted, "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". "There's shooting here, please save us".

They later said there were "multiple fatalities" after shootings at at least two mosques.

".never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran said: "Just escaped active shooters".

Several people were reported dead when a gunman opened fire at a crowded mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, during afternoon prayers Friday.

Toronto vigil honors victims of New Zealand mosque shootings
Mr Nabi said he came to the Christchurch Law Courts where Mr Tarrant appeared "to have a look, a look at his face". Tarrant, 28, was handcuffed and wearing a white prison jumpsuit when he quietly walked into the courtroom.

New Zealand abandoned their 1987 tour of Sri Lanka following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo in which more than 100 people were killed.

ESPN Cricinfo reporter Mohammed Isam said members of the Bangladesh cricket team, who are due to play a Test match in Christchurch tomorrow escaped from the mosque.

"This is the first time that, not only in New Zealand but anywhere else, that I have experienced this". Seventeen members of the team and support staff made a decision to board a bus and offer prayers at the mosque before heading for lunch.

Players sheltered aboard the bus as shots rang out.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Friday's attacks would go down as one of the country's "darkest days", adding that the assault on the mosques appeared to be a well-planned "terrorist attack".

Bangladesh's team manager and former captain Khaled Mashud said the team "were really lucky".

Bangladesh cricket journalist Mohammad Isam ran towards the shooting at the Central Mosque in Christchurch on Friday after getting a call for help from one of the players.

"Our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with them at this time of grave tragedy", the statement said.

They also abandoned a tour of Sri Lanka in 1987 following a bombing near their hotel in Colombo.

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