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A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are now in New Zealand, tweeted that that had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

According to Nine News, several hundred people are believed to have been inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque at the time of the shooting and Canterbury Police have confirmed that they are responding to the "critical incident". Seven people were killed in the attack, although, the Sri Lanka cricket team was safe.

"The (Bangladeshi) cricketers are set to leave New Zealand in the first available flight", Bangladeshi news agency BSS quoted team manager Khaled Masud Pilot as saying. At this point I still have no idea what actually has happened; I don't even know if the team was the target of the attack.

"The players were breaking down, they had seen way too much in the 15 minutes they were held up in the bus, there was no security because it is such a peaceful country", Isam told BBC.

Bangladesh team's performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran also gave similar reaction after the incident.

Senior opener Tamim Iqbal said it was a frightening experience for the team. The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO feels that this will have far-reaching implications on the worldwide sports being hosted in the country.

New Zealand police, reported CNN, has said that four people, including three men and one woman, are in custody over the Christchurch mosque shootings, but they "cannot presume that the danger is gone".

The third Test between the two countries, scheduled at the Hagley Oval now stands canceled.

"I think everything changes now", New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said.

The Test team were touring New Zealand and, after completing media duties, made their way towards the site.

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Ms Jamieson said shaken survivors had told her how the shooting unfolded.

"Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere".

"I saw some people drop dead and some people were running away", he said.

In 2009, the Sri Lanka team was attacked during their tour of Pakistan.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the incident and said, "This is one of New Zealand's darkest days".

The New Straits Times identified one of the injured as Mr Mohd Tarmizi Shuib, who is a flight simulator operator.

Mushfiqur wrote on Twitter: "Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque...we r extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us".

New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: "Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch".


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