Bangladesh cricket team escapes unscathed; shooter is still active, claim reports

Cheryl Sanders
March 15, 2019

A gunman has opened fire at a mosque in New Zealand. One person has been taken into custody.

In breaking news, police are now responding to a critical incident in Christchurch, New Zealand, after shots were fired inside a mosque.

The police recommended that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and said schools would be locked down until further notice.

He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as an "unprecedented act of violence".

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

A man in the mosque at the time, who would not give his name, said there were "bodies all over me". "I ran behind the mosque", he said.

Local media said at least six people were killed, but there is no official confirmation on casualties yet.

An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired and says at four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

Christchurch City Council tweeted that it was locking down a "number of central city buildings, including the Civic Offices and Central Library".

She said police were working to get the situation under control.

Mazhar Uddin, a reporter for Bangladesh's Daily Star who is travelling with the team, said they were told a shooting was going on when they arrived at Christchurch's Masjid Al Noor.

Soon after they were barred from getting off the bus, the players escaped and ran through Hagley Park.

The team are due to play a Test match in Christchurch on Saturday.

She said: the perpetrator "has no place in New Zealand".

But the situation is ongoing and an active shooter is still at large.

Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, the team's high performance analyst, posted: "Just escaped active shooters!"

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