"Frightening": Bangladesh Cricketers Escape New Zealand Mosque Shooting

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following the mass shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following the mass shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday

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".

She says of the people who were attacked, "New Zealand is their home, they should have felt safe here". "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", he told AFP.

Speaking to New Zealand Herald, Bangladesh's team strength and conditioning coach, Mario Villavarayen said: "The players are shaken up but fine". They didn't see anything but heard gunshots.

Soon after they were barred from getting off the bus, the players escaped and ran through Hagley Park.

"I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest", he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.

A gunman has entered the crowded Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at about 1.45pm local time.

ESPN cricket reporter Mohammad Isam tweeted that a team from Bangladesh "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

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Bangladesh's "entire" cricket team was saved from a shooting in central Christchurch, one of their players said on Friday. He described the experience as "frightening".

Gunfire was heard coming from the direction of the mosque and several people were seen on the ground outside the building, One News reported.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee to safety following reports that 20 shots were fired.

Shootings were reported at the Al Noor Mosque, the Linwood Masjid mosque and Christchurch Hospital.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors as an "active shooter" situation is underway.

Police commissioner Mike Bush says all schools in the city has been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident".

Bangladesh and New Zealand are scheduled to begin the third and final Test at Hagley Oval on Saturday. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque, " he said.

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