Christchurch shooting: Bangladesh cricket team escapes New Zealand mosque shooting, says official

Christchurch shooting: Bangladesh cricket team escapes New Zealand mosque shooting, says official

A man with a gun reportedly went into the mosque about 1.40pm on Friday.

"It will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

"The multiple fatalities are, as far as we know, at two locations", he said.

A video from ESPNCricinfo reporter Mohammad Isam showed the team looking visibly shaken as they rushed through Hagley Park to get away from the scene of the incident.

Residents have been asked to remain indoors and report suspicious behaviour.

Police commissioner Mike Bush says all schools in the city has been placed in lockdown in response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident".

The New Zealand Police subsequently issued another update saying that they were dealing with a "serious and evolving situation" that was occurring in Christchurch. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque, " he said.

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According to reports, gunshots have been heard near the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, as police warn of a "critical incident".

New Zealand historically has had only a handful of mass shootings events.

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"I was in the side room, so I didn't see who was shooting but I saw that some people were running out to my room where I was in, I saw some people had blood on their body and some people were limping".

Christchurch hospital and all of the city's schools have been placed on lockdown. And a second one, I ran.

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch.

"We've probably seen 10 ambulances".

"They are safe. But they are mentally shocked".

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably, and the Bangladesh players were coming out".

Peneha said he went into the mosque to try and help: "I saw dead people everywhere".

"One man had been shot twice - once in the abdomen and once in the shoulder. he was conscious". Lots of people were sitting on the floor.

Mohan Ibn Ibrahim told CNN he was inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman "continuously shooting for ten to 15 minutes".

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