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Bangladesh cricket team escape shooting at Christchurch mosque

16 March 2019

'On behalf of New Zealand Cricket heartfelt condolences to those affected, ' White said. "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", it said. "I've lost count of the number of police cars, but obviously all the police on these cordons are heavily armed and trying to keep the public out of the scene, keep them safe until they know exactly what's happened here, and that they've managed to apprehend the alleged gunman", she said. Also, the players have returned safely back to the hotel but they were suffering from mental trauma.

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

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably and the Bangladesh players were coming out, " he said.

"Alhamdulillah Allah saved us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. We hope that this sort of incident never happens again".

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Bangladesh's Indian Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, a Chennai-based computer-engineer-turned-cricket-analyst, also spoke about the incident on social media.

The attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park killed several people, the media in New Zealand reported. A reporter traveling with the team said to the news service that "distraught" players "got inside a bus and laid down on the floor after the warning [of what was happening]".

The Bangladesh players had planned to have their Friday prayer worship before making their way to Hagley Oval to train ahead of the third test, which was set to begin on Saturday.

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out".

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Timing was critical for the Bangladesh squad on Friday and Mashud said they could have easily been caught up in the shootings.

This incident is not the first time a cricket team has been forced to cancel a match or call off the tour due to violence. "I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach", he added.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said 10 more people were killed in a shooting at another mosque in the city, while 20 are seriously injured. "There were bodies all over me", he said.

Australia's cricket team boycotted a tour in Bangladesh in 2015 citing a lack of security. The mayor of Christchurch, Lianne Dalziel stated that it is a bolt from the blue for the people and it could not be expected for a country like New Zealand.

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Bangladesh cricket team escape shooting at Christchurch mosque