"Frightening": Bangladesh Cricketers Escape New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Bangladesh Team Christchurch New Zealand Nazmul Hassan Pappon

Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand were instructed by police to remain indoors as news of a shooting attack directed at local mosques broke out Friday.

Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team have escaped a shooting at a mosque near Hagley Oval in Christchurch.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high".

After reports of casualties at the mosque, another mosque had been evacuated, said local media.

"In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown", NZ Police tweeted.

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"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behavior", he said in a statement.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!"

A video from ESPNCricinfo reporter Mohammad Isam showed the team looking visibly shaken as they rushed through Hagley Park to get away from the scene of the incident.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

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According to reports, the squad, along with the traveling media personnel attended the Friday prayers at the mosque, which is near the Hagley Oval Stadium where the match is set to be played.

The players made their way to the dressing rooms at the ground, where they are in lockdown while discussions take place between Bangladesh and New Zealand cricket officials.

The Bangladesh team's analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran added: "Just escaped active shooters".

"I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident)".

New Zealand police say they are hunting "an active shooter".

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Ibrahim said people began running out of the mosque and he "had to jump out of the wall" to escape. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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