Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

Members of the national cricket team of Bangladesh - in the country to play a series against New Zealand's national team - tweeted that they escaped from one of the mosques.

"I don't think they're in a mental state to play cricket at all".

"We must have been about 50 yards from the mosque", team manager Khaled Mashud told ESPNcricinfo in the video below.

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".

In breaking news, police are now responding to a critical incident in Christchurch, New Zealand, after shots were fired inside a mosque.

However, when the players were about to enter the mosque, a woman warned them that there was shooting inside and the team took cover on the floor of their bus.

Players and members of the team's coaching staff were reportedly on their bus, approaching the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park when the shooting started.

Another witness, who was in the front row of prayers when the gunman came in, told The New Zealand Herald that the suspect first shot people outside, adding that he heard the gun being reloaded about three times.

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"When I heard that there is a shooting - the sound whats coming".

Police were alerted to a shooting at a mosque on Deans Ave, near Hagley Park at 1.53pm Friday afternoon.

Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a "frightening experience" and that there were "active shooters". Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers. In a statement issued online, New Zealand Police said: "Police can now confirm the lock down of schools throughout Christchurch has been lifted".

Soon after the attack, the New Zealand cricket body announced that the scheduled cricket match, which was to take place at the Hagle Oval, not very far from the site of the attack, was canceled.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as an "extraordinary unprecedented act of violence". The mosque is near the cricket stadium and the players had gone for their Friday players.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home ... they are us.

- Dozens feared killed as at least two gunmen open fire at two central Christchurch mosques. "They are in bad and severe mental (distress), they're not feeling well".

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