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Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting

Bangladesh cricket team escape Christchurch mosque shooting”

Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, sparking a hunt for an "active" shooter in the South Island town of Christchurch.

New Zealand Police have stormed the area and are urging anyone in the area to stay indoors.

New Zealand police are treating it as an active shooter situation.

"They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them".

Christchurch Hospital and the nearby outpatients building are in lockdown.

According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the incident took place at a mosque.

An eyewitness says a man wearing a helmet and glasses and a military style jacket opened fire inside the mosque.

Radio New Zealand quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

Bangladesh and New Zealand are scheduled to begin the third and final Test at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.

Bangladesh have been touring New Zealand since last month.

Armed police were deployed in the city near where the shooting happened in Hagley Park at 1.40pm (NZT) on Friday and schools across the city are now in lockdown.

"I heard a big sound of the gun".

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police".

"I came to the street I saw one person got shot on his chest", he said, adding that the ambulance and police then arrived on the scene.



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