‘Frightening experience’: Bangladesh cricket team escapes New Zealand mosque shooting

New Zealand Shooting

First responders carried a victim away from a Christchurch, New Zealand, mosque after Friday's shooting.

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

Bangladesh's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said the players were shaken up.

Multiple casualties are feared in a "critical incident" early Friday as gunshots were heard near a mosque in New Zealand's east-coast city, worldwide media reported, with the Bangladeshi cricket team narrowly escaping danger.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", says a police statement.

Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

According to Nine News, several hundred people are believed to have been inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque at the time of the shooting and Canterbury Police have confirmed that they are responding to the "critical incident". Police has urged people nearby to stay indoors.

Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, the team's high performance analyst, posted: "Just escaped active shooters!" They were at the ground (Hagley Oval) and just started running.

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About 300 people were reportedly inside the mosque when the attack took place.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

Bangladesh are due to play New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

Police also advised mosques across the country to "shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice".

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP.

"They were devastated and terrified and I saw guys who were from the mosque covered in blood sitting in ambulances". "Frightenning experience and please keep us in your prayers".

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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