Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

15 March, 2019, 05:39 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch

Numerous people were killed at two mosques amid an active shooter situation in Christchurch, New Zealand in an incident that unfolded starting at 1:40 p.m. on Friday, police said. But they are mentally shocked.

The players have been told to stay indoors and a planned meeting at the team hotel has been canceled.

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.

"It I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days". They didn't see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground (Hagley Oval) and just started running.

Much of the coaching staff were back in the team hotel while the head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground. "The players just started running when they heard the shots".

"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.

Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters.

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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", he wrote.

Local media reported at least six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter".

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "critical incident".

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque, " he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as an "unprecedented act of violence".

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

The man, who did not give his name said he saw four people on the floor but did not see the shooter.

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