Bangladesh cricket team forced to flee Christchurch Mosque after shooting incident

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

"The visuals we saw were straight out of a movie scene". The players left the mosque quickly but were shaken up due to the incident. The players and some support staffers were on their way to the Al Noor Mosque, less than a mile from Hagley Oval, when they saw signs of the unfolding carnage.

The Bangladesh squad were scheduled to fly out of Christchurch at noon on Saturday.

"Allah save [d] us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque. we r [are] extremely lucky. never want to see this things happen again" Test captain Mushfiqur Rahim wrote on Twitter.

President of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon, centre, speaks during a press conference on the status of the country's cricket team in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. "Maybe in about eight-10 minutes, we were all inside the bus and were sitting with our heads bowed, just in case someone fires at us". Everyone in the team was in a state of shock, they could not say anything but it was clear that we were not in the right frame of mind to continue.

We all lay flat on the floor of the bus, we did not move until the shooting stopped.

"We now have to be very, very vigilant - all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely". "This could have been a massive incident", Mashud said in the video.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee to safety following reports that 20 shots were fired. Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran posted: "Just escaped active shooters". Two other men and one woman were also detained and firearms were seized, although it is now not clear if they were linked to the attacks.

The Bangladesh players were understandably traumatised by the incident.

Here's his eyewitness account of the terror attack. "This will affect any human being", Mashud said.

New Zealand have not toured Pakistan since 2002 following a suicide bombing outside their hotel in Karachi and instead played their games in the United Arab Emirates. 'They were at the ground and just started running. The International Cricket Council has shown its full support for the cancellation of the test match.

Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said.

Leaving behind Friday's scary experience in Christchurch, the Bangladesh cricketers were relieved to be boarding the flight back home.

"I've spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket - we agree it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time", said New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White.

Police have urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors and have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".

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