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Bangladesh cricket team escapes NZ mosque shooting

Bangladesh cricket team escapes NZ mosque shooting

"They were shouting "shooter, shooter", he said horrified at what could've been.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque in Christchurch and were about to go inside for Friday prayers when the incident happened. The players just started running when they heard the shots. "We have advised the players not to step out".

"Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today". The report further claimed that most of the staff members had stayed in the hotel while head coach Steve Rhodes was at the ground.

"We are shocked and appalled, as I'm sure all New Zealanders are", he added. "To be honest, New Zealand is such a country that no one expects such kind of incident there". As a country, we'll have to look at [security of visiting teams].

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

"We will set up a minimum security standard for future".

It is understood a pre-match news conference overran, delaying the team's arrival at the mosque.

"I would say the general reaction of the people of New Zealand has been one of surprise and shock".

"It's quite unbelievable really".

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

"Arrangements are being made for the return of the Bangladesh team home as soon as possible", NZC said in a statement.

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal Khan greets teammate Shadman Islam.

He posted, "Entire team got saved from active shooters!". Soumya Sarkar was also there, and we were all heading to the mosque for prayers. The team was to reconvene for practice later in the afternoon, a day before its scheduled third Test against the Kiwis.

"W$3 e r extremely lucky", Mushfiqur said.

"If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened". It was an unprecedented act of violence. White said Friday's incident would "greatly affect" the country.

Another user asked: "Will the ICC ban New Zealand from hosting cricket or that restriction is only for Pakistan?"

"The Bangladesh team may have prayed at the same mosque before but I don't think they were the target", he underscored. After waiting inside the team bus and making frantic phone calls, including to ESPNcricinfo correspondent Mohammad Isam, they then hurried back across the park after making their own decision to leave the bus before being put into lockdown at the ground. The team bus was intercepted by terrorists who fired at the bus, resulting in bullet injuries to six Sri Lankan players.

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