Bangladesh cricket team escape shooting at Christchurch mosque
Bangladesh’s cricket team have escaped a deadly shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned 49 other folks had been killed in “terrorist attacks” at two mosques, whilst greater than 40 persons are significantly injured.
The Bangladesh team arrived at the Al Noor mosque, close to the Hagley Oval – the venue of Saturday’s now cancelled 3rd Test – when the shooting began.
“Entire team got saved from active shooters,” tweeted batsman Tamim Iqbal.
Wicketkeeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim tweeted that the team used to be “extremely lucky” and he “never wants to see these things happen again”.
Bangladesh Cricket says the team are “safely back in the hotel” and the team will shuttle house “in the coming days”.
Mohammed Isam, the Bangladesh correspondent for ESPN, informed the BBC he used to be with the gamers at the time of the shooting.
“I saw them get out of the parking lot, within five minutes one of the players [Iqbal] called me for help – he said save us, we are in big trouble someone is shooting.” mentioned Isam.
“I did not take him significantly at first however then his voice used to be cracking up and I simply ran for it. I attempted to run the entire means and I were given a boost from somebody and I reached the incident.
“I attempted to price against the team bus, which I noticed from about 100 yards, I believed simply pass with reference to what used to be taking place, there used to be reside shooting occurring at that point, there used to be fireplace – I noticed one lifeless frame and one particular person working against me with a bloodied shoulder.
“By the time I were given with regards to the park, the gamers had disembarked from the bus, they had been working against me and simply telling me to get out of there.
“We ran during the park and headed again to the bottom for protection and had been there for approximately an hour.”
He added: “The gamers had been breaking down, they’d observed means an excessive amount of within the 15 mins they had been held up within the bus, there used to be no safety as a result of it’s one of these non violent nation.”
“The gamers heard pictures being fired, they noticed other folks tumbling out of the gates and ducked beneath the bus.”
“We’ve cancelled the game,” mentioned New Zealand Cricket leader government David White. “I have spoken to my counterpart at Bangladesh cricket – we agree it is irrelevant to play cricket at this time.
“Both groups are deeply affected. As a rustic, we’re going to have to seem at [security of visiting teams]. It gave the look to be a secure haven. I am positive all of New Zealand will have a look at their way.”
The International Cricket Council says it “totally helps” the verdict to cancel the fit.
The assaults took place at Al Noor mosque, positioned in central Christchurch and some other within the suburb of Linwood.
A male in his overdue 20s has been charged with homicide, whilst 3 others had been detained.