Friday, 22 March, 2019

Multiple people dead after shooting inside a New Zealand mosque, witness says

New Zealand Shooting Bangladesh Cricketers Narrowly Avoid Mosque Shootings AP
Jeannette Daniel | 15 March, 2019, 05:37

Several casualties were reported by witnesses but emergency services are yet to confirm any details.

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

"It I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand's darkest days".

Emergency services personnel assist one of the victims. They were at the ground and just started running.

Mohan Ibrahim described events to the Herald, saying he ran for his life when he heard the shots. I'm new in Christchurch, I didn't know who to contact.

The team's high performance analyst, Shrinivas Chandrasekaran, said the team narrowly escaped the shooting, while Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain of the team, said they were "extremely lucky" to have survived.

Amid the chaos, the players reportedly told locals walking towards the mosque to turn around and avoid the scene.

Bangladesh is scheduled play Test against New Zealand in Christchurch on Saturday.

New Zealand Police says one person has been taken in cusotdy.

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The New Zealand Herald reported there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Local media reported up six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter".

The entire Bangladesh cricket team present at the site was just saved from the incident.

According to reports, gunshots have been heard near the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, as police warn of a "critical incident". Another man said he saw children being shot.

I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard. "I ran behind the mosque", he told TVNZ.

"The floor. There's lots of blood on the floor, you can see when you go in".

In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.

The police recommended that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and said schools would be locked down until further notice.

People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said.

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