Christchurch shooting: Gunman opens fire at mosque in Hagley Park

The team in action at a past match

The team in action at a past match

In the wake of this frightful incident, New Zealand Cricket in consultation with Bangladesh Cricket Board have chose to call off the third Test scheduled to begin from March 16 at the Hagley Oval.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirms there are multiple locations involved in the Christchurch shootings and calls it "one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots.

"All members of the Bangladesh Cricket Team in Christchurch, New Zealand are safely back in the hotel following the incident of shooting in the city".

"All our players are now safe in their hotel which has been cordoned off", the spokesman said. "We have asked the team to stay in the hotel itself", he told reporters.

New Zealand Cricket said they had chosen to cancel the test, which was the final match of the tour, after discussions with the BCB. He clarified that both the teams as well as the support staff were safe and that they support the decision to cancel the match.

Underlining that this was not the first time he had visited New Zealand and as far as he had observed there was nothing unusual in the day to have been suspicious about such an incident taking place, Isam said that it was very unexpected in a country "like New Zealand".

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"I tried to charge towards the team bus, which I saw from about 100 yards, I thought just go near to what was happening, there was live shooting going on at that time, there was fire - I saw one dead body and one person running towards me with a bloodied shoulder".

"Entire team got saved from active shooters", batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted, per the BBC. Several journalists then came over to where the bus was and accompanied the players to the ground. "They may even be refugees here", Arden said. ".never want to see this things happen again.pray for us", he tweeted.

As their bus approached, the players saw "blood-stained people staggering out the mosque", Mashud said in the video.

Islam confirmed some players and coaching staff were travelling by bus to the mosque which is close to the centre of Christchurch city and also close to Hagley Oval where the third test was to be played. The NZC website said arrangements were being made for the return of the Bangladesh team home "as soon as possible".

Media said shots had been fired near a mosque and a witness told broadcaster One News that he had seen three people lying on the ground, bleeding outside the building. According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the incident took place at a mosque on Deans Ave, near Hagley Park.

Mass shootings are a rare occurrence in New Zealand, with the last being in 1990 in the small seaside town of Aramoana where 13 people were killed as well as gunman David Gray.

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