Bangladesh cricket team flees New Zealand mosque shooting scene

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Most of the Bangladeshi team and staff had arrived at Christchurch's Masjid al Noor mosque for Friday prayers when they were warned not to go inside as the shooting unfolded.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern described the shooting as an "extraordinary unprecedented act of violence". Jalal Yunus, the spokesperson of the BCB, said that most of the players were on the bus when the incident happened and was about to enter the mosque.

Strength and conditioning coach, Mario Villavarayen, told New Zealand media that the players did not see the shooter but heard shots.

It is to be noted that the Bangladesh Cricket team is now in New Zealand for an ODI and a Test series against the hosts.

"Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today".

Speaking to reporters at the team hotel, Mashud said: "This was a kind of accident that we would never expect nor want in any part of the world".

"On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected", chief executive David White said. 'Both teams, staff and match officials are safe'.

Underlining that this was not the first time he had visited New Zealand and as far as he had observed there was nothing unusual in the day to have been suspicious about such an incident taking place, Isam said that it was very unexpected in a country "like New Zealand".

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"Pak suffered same situation years back n can feel n relate to the pain n misery", Pakistan's information minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Twitter.

"There is a barricade in the middle so if somebody gets inside by using the main door they have to come inside and walk maybe one minute".

Former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mashud, now the team's manager, said they were fortunate not to be in the Deans Avenue mosque when the shooting happened.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the Al Noor mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere". In Christchurch ahead of a scheduled match Saturday against the host nation, they went to pray at one of the two mosques attacked but managed to make it back safely to their hotel.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!" tweeted Tamim Iqbal.

Police said they had one person in custody but they were not sure if others were involved.

New Zealand Cricket have also been in contact with members of the Australian under-19 women's team, who are also in Christchurch. NZC had worked hard on Friday to get the Bangladesh team out of New Zealand on the earliest possible flights.