Thursday, 23 May, 2019

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

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Steven Clarke | 15 March, 2019, 05:23

New Zealand Police confirmed a "serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter".

The AP and other news outlets are reporting that a mass shooting has taken place in one, or possibly two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high". It wasn't immediately clear what the reported incident was.

Isam was with the team as they escaped through Hagley Park towards the cricket ground. I think they want to go back home as soon as possible.

"When I heard that there is a shooting - the sound whats coming".

Much of the coaching staff were back in the team hotel while the head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

Bangladesh are due to play New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

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"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police". I just got on someone's auto and just we went near that place and it was very traumatic.

It has been reported that up to 500 people were in the mosque at the time.

"They told me that five people died over there in that mosque, and I have seen with my own eyes, three people dead on the street", he said.

"And seeing that, they didn't get off the bus".

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

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying that the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe. They lost their one-day worldwide series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches.

Mark Nichols told the Herald he heard about five gunshots and that a Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun.

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