Bangladesh tour of New Zealand called off after Christchurch terror attack

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"I have spoken to my counterpart in Bangladesh and we both agree that it's inappropriate to play cricket at this time". "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", Yunus was quoted as saying by AFP.

New Zealand Cricket said the host team's Saturday test against Bangladesh was canceled and that the visiting squad was flying back to Bangladesh as soon as possible.

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

Speaking about the same, ESPN's Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam said,"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".

The Bangladeshi Test cricket team has been caught up in a deadly mass shooting in Christchurch, fleeing from outside a mosque where they had gone for prayers.

The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters. In the end, the players survived the attack and returned to their hotel safely, however, many players witnessed the incident from their bus and could hear shooting from inside the mosque, leaving many players traumatized.

Police have not described the scale of the Friday shooting, but the city of Christchurch has effectively been placed on lockdown.

Player Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a "frightening experience" and that there were "active shooters".

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Local media said multiple people were killed in the incident.

Police have urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors and have warned worshippers not to visit mosques "anywhere in New Zealand".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said there was no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme violence.

Team manager Khaled Mashud said the players had had a lucky escape.

Robert Weatherhead told the news website he had taken in about 13 men and a boy aged about three after they escaped from Al Noor Mosque.

According to a stuff.co.nz report, a gunman reportedly opened fire at the mosque around 11.40am (AEDT).

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'. They were at the ground [Hagley Oval] and just started running. The people who were the subject of this attack today, New Zealand is their home, they should be safe here. They (the players) are in awful and severe mental [distress], they're not feeling well. They made it back to Hagley Oval where they are now locked down in their dressing room, as the manager Khaled Mashud is in contact with both the NZC and BCB.

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