Bangladesh cricketers make unscathed escape from Christchurch mosque shooting, players reported safe

Christchurch: Bangladesh cricket team members made a narrow escape from a mosque in Central Christchurch after a gunman opened indiscriminate fire on people offering prayers at the holy place, an official told AFP on Friday. Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque and were about to go inside when the incident happened.

“They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he told AFP. Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a “frightening experience” and that there were “active shooters”.

“Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!” tweeted Tamim Iqbal. “Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.” Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and that another had been evacuated.

Meanwhile, the strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said: “The players are shaken up but fine. I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident. They didn’t see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground (Hagley Oval and just started running.

“The coaching staff were all at the hotel. The players just started running when they heard the shots. I don’t know how many (shots there were. This happened at about 1.45pm.”

Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a “frightening experience” and that there were “active shooters”.

“Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!” tweeted Tamim Iqbal. “Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.”