The Bangladesh cricket team was in Christchurch to lock horns with New Zealand for third cricket test match which is scheduled to start on Saturday. Little did the players know that they would run through a ‘scary experience’ inside the mosque in New Zealand.
The players were reportedly at the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand where a stranger opened fire on Friday morning, as reported by the media. A Bangladesh reporter uploaded a video of the Bangladeshi cricket team immediately escaping the mosque through Hagley Park albeit all the members are fine and safe.
In an unexpected turn of events, a gunman opened fire in a mosque in New Zealand on Friday and there were several casualties as reported by media after police deployed armed officers in reply to shots fired in the centre of Christchurch city.
Several casualties are reported and the authorities are yet to confirm the number of deceased or wounded.
Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters. They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval. pic.twitter.com/VtkqSrljjV
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) March 15, 2019
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal Khan tweeted about their escape and tagged it as a “frightening experience”. He said, “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack.”
Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack
— Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) March 15, 2019
Bangladeshi cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim said, “Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque…we r extremely lucky…never want to see this things happen again….pray for us.”
Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque…we r extremely lucky…never want to see this things happen again….pray for us
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) March 15, 2019
“Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!” one of the Twitter users Shrinivas tweeted.
Mario Villavarayen who is the conditioning coach of the Bangladesh team, said that the players got shocked but they are alright.
He said, “The players are shaken up but fine. I spoke to one of them shortly after [the New Zealand mosque shooting]. They didn’t see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground and just started running.”
Radio New Zealand was quoted by a witness inside the mosque saying he heard gun shots fired and at least four people were lying on the ground and “there was blood everywhere”. “Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred,” said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch.