Bangladeshi Cricket Team Narrowly Evades New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Mass shootings at Christchurch mosques

Much of the coaching staff were back in the team hotel while the head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

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

One person had been arrested, but police believed there may be other offenders involved, local reports said.

Mashud revealed that the majority of the tourists' squad were inside a bus outside the Al Noor mosque while a massacre took place and saw "bloodstained people staggering out".

The team was in Christchurch for a test match against New Zealand on Saturday and were taking a break from practice to join in the Friday prayers at the mosque. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", a Black Caps statement said.

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he saw "blood everywhere", while another said (via AFP) he saw children being shot. I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.

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At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people on Friday.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!".

According to initial reports, the Bangladesh cricket team was inside one of the mosques, but all managed to escape.

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers".

Player Mushfiqur Rahim posted 'Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque.

'We are shocked and appalled as I am sure all New Zealanders are.

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Mohammad Isam, the Bangladesh ESPN correspondent, said he was with the team at the time the attack happened. "Lots of police and ambulance have come, and they did not allow us to go in the mosque or to get close to it", he said. A reporter traveling with the team said to the news service that "distraught" players "got inside a bus and laid down on the floor after the warning [of what was happening]".

People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said.

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park.

Barred from getting off the bus, they waited for several minutes before escaping the vehicle and running back through the park to the nearby oval.

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