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Bangladesh cricket team escapes NZ mosque shooting

16 March 2019

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said the team were unharmed but "mentally shocked", and had been ordered to stay in the team hotel. Also, the players have returned safely back to the hotel but they were suffering from mental trauma. "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", he told AFP.

Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal labeled the incident as a "frightening" experience on Twitter.

Later Friday afternoon, media outlets said there also was a shooting at another mosque in Christchurch. "We (were) extremely lucky.never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".

When the Bangladesh team realised the shooters could inflict more damage if they spotted them on the bus, they made the collective decision to disembark and escape for Hagley Oval through South Hagley Park. "Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere".

Meanwhile, as per reports, the team were on a bus that was pulling up to the mosque near Hagley Oval for Friday prayers when the shooting began but none of the players were inside.

Mashud, the former Bangladesh captain and wicketkeeper, said they were inside the bus for "eight to 10 minutes" and sat with their heads bowed "just in case someone fires at us". "I would say we are very lucky", Mashud told reporters in Christchurch.

"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus".

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and said, "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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New Zealand Cricket said the host team's Saturday test against Bangladesh was canceled and that the visiting squad was flying back to Bangladesh as soon as possible.

"Inshallah (God willing) everyone who's been killed today... you guys are all in paradise", he said, wiping away tears as he spoke.

Ms Jamieson said shaken survivors had told her how the shooting unfolded.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that police had apprehended one person, but said police were unsure if there were other shooters.

Two tests have previously been abandoned due to rain, while three tests overseas involving New Zealand have been cancelled due to terror attacks.

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".

After being barred from getting off the bus for several minutes, the players escaped and are now "locked down" in their dressing room, per ESPNCricinfo.

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Bangladesh cricket team escapes NZ mosque shooting