Shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch

Shots fired at mosque in central Christchurch

The Bangladesh team escaped from their bus after it had gone to a mosque near the Hagley Oval where police are responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch.

Witnesses told local media there were several casualties inside the building.

Armed police have been deployed to hunt an "active shooter".

There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

The attack occurred at 1:40 p.m. Friday at a time when many people were in the Masjid Al Noor Mosque on the edge of Hagley Park, according to New Zealand and Australia media.

Officers have reportedly also cleared Cathedral Square, where thousands of children were holding a rally for action on climate change.

Mohammad Isam, a Bangladeshi journalist for Cricinfo who was on the scene, said that all the players are safe, but want to fly back to Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, an official told AFP on Friday.

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Ibrahim said people began running out of the mosque and he "had to jump out of the wall" to escape.

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"I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident)".

All schools in Christchurch have been put into lockdown, as well as Christchurch Hospital.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby.

Authorities said they were unable to confirm fatalities, but the scale of the bloodshed appeared to be vast.

Lisa Davies, in Christchurch, told the ABC "it's just a continuous stream of sirens".

"I don't they're in a mental state to play cricket at all".

"Clearly, what has happened here is an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence".

"One man had been shot twice - once in the abdomen and once in the shoulder. he was conscious".

"He had a big gun and a lot of bullets and he came through and started shooting like everyone in the mosque, like everywhere, and they have to smash the door and the glass from the window and from the small door to try and get out".

"I could not contact two of my friends who are in the mosque as well".

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