Shooting attacks at New Zealand mosques, casualties reported

Shooting attacks at New Zealand mosques, casualties reported

Among those inside the mosque in downtown Christchurch were members of Bangladesh's national cricket team, according to a Bangladeshi journalist, Mohammad Isam.

Meanwhile, the strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said: "The players are shaken up but fine".

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, an official told AFP on Friday.

"A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter", says a police statement.

After reports of casualties at the mosque, another mosque had been evacuated, said local media.

Schools and council buildings in the city have been placed in lockdown and police have ordered people in central Christchurch to stay indoors as they respond to a "critical incident".

"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour", he said in a statement.

The national public broadcaster Radio New Zealand quoted an eyewitness who said, "There was blood everywhere".

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

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The Associated Press reported a witness saying there were many were dead in the shooting near Hagley Park.

Witnesses told local media that several people appeared to be injured inside the building.

Up to 300 people were inside the mosque when the shooting began according to reports.

Bangladesh is scheduled play Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

"It I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

The man, who did not give his name said he saw four people on the floor but did not see the shooter.

The team are believed to have been among 200 worshippers at the mosque when the carnage unfolded at around 1.40pm Christchurch time this afternoon. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

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