Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

"I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time".

Team members were pictured on social media walking back through Hagley Park to the cricket ground, and a BCB spokesman later told Reuters the team were in lockdown at their hotel.

A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are now in New Zealand, tweeted that that had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

'I spoke to one of them shortly after, ' Vllavarayen said.

The third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh that was scheduled to begin on Saturday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch has been called off after a shooting at a nearby mosque on Friday.

"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".

Mohan Ibrahim, who was in the area of the mosque, told the New Zealand Herald: "At first we thought it was an electric shock but then all these people started running".

Mazhar Uddin, reporter for Bangladesh based Daily Star, said players lay down on the floor of the bus after being warned away from the mosque.

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Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal termed the experience "frightening", while team-mate Mushfiqur Rahim posted: "We r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us".

One of the mosques, where a shooter opened fire-- Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team.

Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and that another had been evacuated.

Emergency services personnel transport a stretcher carrying a person at a hospital, after reports that several shots had been fired, in central Christchurch, New Zealand March 15, 2019, in this still image taken from video.

"We've cancelled the game", said New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White.

Mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques resulted in 49 people being killed and 48 injured. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.

"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets", he said in a statement. Bangladesh team narrowly escaped New Zealand mosque shooting. The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home, they should be safe here. Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand.

New Zealand police say they are hunting "an active shooter". "That is why we feel that the security that countries like Bangladesh gives to other teams when they come to play in Bangladesh, we should also get the similar type of security arrangement or support from the host country".

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