Shootings reported at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
15 March, 2019, 05:41 | Author: Trevor Moore
New Zealand police say there have been multiple fatalities in the shooting that took place at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on Friday.
Among those inside the mosque in downtown Christchurch were members of Bangladesh's national cricket team, according to a Bangladeshi journalist, Mohammad Isam.
Speaking to New Zealand Herald, Bangladesh's team strength and conditioning coach, Mario Villavarayen said: "The players are shaken up but fine".
Multiple casualties are feared in a "critical incident" early Friday as gunshots were heard near a mosque in New Zealand's east-coast city, global media reported, with the Bangladeshi cricket team narrowly escaping danger.
"Police are responding with its full capability to manage the situation, but the risk environment remains extremely high".
Gunfire was heard coming from the direction of the mosque and several people were seen on the ground outside the building, One News reported.
Police commissioner Mike Bush says all schools in the city has been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident".
New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors.
Witness Len Peneha said he saw a man dressed in black enter the Masjid Al Noor mosque, scene of the first reported shooting, in central Christchurch around 1:45 p.m. and then heard dozens of shots, followed by people running from the mosque in terror.
Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park district.
Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a "frightening experience" and that there were "active shooters". Bangladesh are scheduled to play New Zealand in the third and final Test of the series starting from Saturday.
Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month. And a second one, I ran. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", he wrote.
Police at the cordon around a shooting incident in central Christchurch.
The man, who did not give his name said he saw four people on the floor but did not see the shooter.
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