Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Bangladesh cricketers arrive home after mosque shootings

Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team escaped from the mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters Members of the Bangladeshi cricket team escaped from the mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters
Leonard Rios | 17 March, 2019, 10:19

However, when the players were about to enter the mosque, a woman warned them that there was shooting inside and the team took cover on the floor of their bus.

Bangladesh's cricket team left New Zealand on Saturday, less than 24 hours after narrowly avoiding being involved in the worst mass shooting with cricket board officials saying the country is no longer immune from acts of terrorism. We must have been about 50 yards from the mosque.

Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated, and there were reports that members of the Bangladesh cricket team were also present at one site.

"It's obviously early days in a fairly fluid situation (but) it's something that we as New Zealanders have to look at as well", he said.

The players who fled the mosque.

"Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah completes the pre-match press conference at the Hagley Oval", Isam recounted.

New Zealand Cricket tweeted to confirm the safety of the players and support staff.

Had that nine minutes been shorter, who knows what might have happened.

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team.

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When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so.

"We are not sure what their security system is".

As their bus approached, the players saw "blood-stained people staggering out the mosque", Mashud said in the video.

The players and support staff could hear gunshots as they feared for their lives inside the bus. We kept our heads down in the bus, in case of any firing (towards them).

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon said nobody expected such an event in New Zealand, but the shootings highlighted the fact that teams from south Asia deserve the same level of security when they travel as their home countries provide to visiting teams. If a country provides proper security as per our demand, then we will go, otherwise not. The police have also found explosives attached to cars in the city. They're shocked like everyone else.

Another, 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".

Mr Bush said, "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter".

In a brief statement posted on Twitter, Bangladesh confirmed the team were safe.

The horror haunted Bangladeshi national cricket team said on Saturday "We still love New Zealand" while checking in their flight to go home at the Christchurch International Airport.

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