Christchurch Test cancelled after shooting at mosque

Emergency workers push a stretcher carrying a person into a hospital

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team. Video shows several Bangladeshi players and media escaping the scene.

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal took to his personal Twitter account to share his experience. "We came and ran to the ground".

The national Bangladesh team have been in New Zealand, taking part in a three test match series.

"On behalf of NZC - heartfelt condolences to those affected".

The Bangladesh cricket team have escaped a fatal shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, that left 30 people dead. He also confirmed that the entire team and support staff are healthy and at the hotel and that their plans to return home are being worked out.

"We have always maintained that this kind of incident can happen to any country". It's seemed to be a safe haven.

"Clearly what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence", she said. Players were shaken, distressed and in no mental state to consider playing cricket.

He expected they would depart as soon as arrangements could be made. "I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard". Then we were in the dressing room, and the local liaison people explained to us how we could get out of there most safely to our hotel. We were very close to the mosque, and we could see from the bus. We could see bloodstained people staggering out of the mosque. "They are in bad and severe mental (distress), they're not feeling well".

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", Villavarayen told Reuters via Twitter.

"We could see blood-stained people stagger out of the mosque from our bus".

He said Bangladesh cricket board is in contact with New Zealand cricket authorities and would take further decisions after consultation.

"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said.

"The players heard shots being fired, they saw people tumbling out of the gates and ducked under the bus". They are now in lockdown at their team hotel. "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", the spokesman said.

Before Friday, New Zealand's worst mass shooting was in 1990 when a gun-mad loner killed 13 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny seaside village of Aramoana.

An worldwide cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been cancelled after players from the visiting team narrowly avoided a mass shooting at a mosque in Christchurch on Friday. The most recent was a bombing in Karachi in 2002, which saw the second of two tests against Pakistan cancelled before a ball could be bowled.

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