Bangladesh cricketers depart Christchurch after near miss in yesterday's terror attacks

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, sparking a hunt for an "active" shooter in the South Island town of Christchurch.

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon, centre, speaks during a news conference on the status of the country's cricket team after Friday's mass shootings in New Zealand.

'Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch, ' Richardson said.

The Bangladesh players, preparing for the third and final Test at the picturesque Hagley Park Oval against Kane Williamson's New Zealand, cancelled the practice session due to inclement weather yesterday afternoon. "We have asked the team to stay in the hotel itself", he told reporters.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters!" tweeted Bangladesh player Tamim Iqbal.

One of the alleged gunmen has been named as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, who is said to have live-streamed footage on social media of the attack on Al Noor mosque. "We (were) extremely lucky.never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".

Performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, also on Twitter, posted: 'Just escaped active shooters.

Several Bangladesh players managed to escape and save their lives after surviving a shooting attempt at the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, according to reports on Friday (March 15).

Mohammad Isam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, said he believed the players wish to leave New Zealand as soon as possible.

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere".

"FICA has been in contact with the New Zealand Cricket Players' Association and Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh and full support has been offered to the Bangladesh players and the touring squad on the ground".

"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said.

Ms Jamieson said shaken survivors had told her how the shooting unfolded.

"Later we realised terrorists could come out and attack us, they would get then the lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen".

"The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home, they should be safe here". Many of those who will have been directly affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand. Ardern also stated that the day will be considered the "Darkest Day" in New Zealand's history.

"The team plan was that a few of them made a decision to go to the mosque, which is close to the ground". The players just started running when they heard the shots. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.

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