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Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Christchurch Hospital and the nearby outpatients building are in lockdown.

He said the gunman was white and was wearing a helmet with some kind of device on top, giving him a military-type appearance. "I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence".

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month. But she says it is clear so far "this is a significant event".

"I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident). For the person who perpetuated this violence it is not".

One witness told he was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled.

"There were bodies all over me", he said.

Local media report multiple casualties at one mosque and say another had been evacuated. Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to 111.

She said police were working to get the situation under control.

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The Bangledeshi cricket team was in the area at the time of the shooting.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal wrote on Twitter: "Entire team got saved from active shooters! About ten minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

The Bangladesh team were able to return to Hagley Oval, where Saturday's third Test was scheduled to take place. "I've lost count of the number of police cars, but obviously all the police on these cordons are heavily armed and trying to keep the public out of the scene, keep them safe until they know exactly what's happened here, and that they've managed to apprehend the alleged gunman", she said.

The players have been told to stay indoors and a planned meeting at the team hotel has been canceled.

A New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said it was an "unfolding situation" around if the match would go ahead.

There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, the team's high performance analyst, posted: "Just escaped active shooters!"