Shooting at New Zealand mosque, casualties feared

Mass shootings at Christchurch mosques

2nd mosque shooting reported in New Zealand

But they are mentally shocked.

"Only two of the players [Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan, as well as spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi] had stayed back in the hotel, and rest of the squad had gone there".

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, right, shakes hands with members of the Bangladesh team following their eight wicket victory in their one day global cricket match in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, February 16, 2019.

The Bangladesh team closely escaped the shooting but the third and final Test match, scheduled at the Hagley Oval on Saturday, was cancelled. "Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match", ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.

"I heard three quick shots then after about 10 seconds it started again it must have been an automatic no one could pull a trigger that quick", he said.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal took to his personal Twitter account to share his experience.

Local media said multiple people were killed in the incident.

The team, on a playing tour of New Zealand, was en route to Masjid Al Noor mosque for prayers when the tragedy unfolded. I just got on someone's auto and just we went near that place and it was very traumatic.

Forty-nine people are believed to have been killed in the shootings at the Deans Avenue and Linwood Avenue mosques.

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". Their bus was just pulling up at the mosque when shooting happened.

"There were bodies all over me", he said.

Schools and other areas in central Christchurch, New Zealand are now in lockdown after a gunman reportedly opened fire at Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue.

Barred from getting off the bus, they waited for several minutes before escaping the vehicle and running back through the park to the nearby oval. The police have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand". "Many of those affected will be members of our migrant communities - New Zealand is their home - they are us", added Ardern. Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand. They initially stayed on the bus and made phone calls, including one to this reporter, who was at the ground.

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