Bangladesh cricket team escape New Zealand mosque shooting; third test called off

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The Bangladesh cricket team escaped the shooting at a mosque in New Zealand’s central Christchurch, an official was quoted by newswire AFP on Friday.

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said most of the team were bussed to the mosque and were about to go inside when the incident happened.

“They are safe. But they are mentally shocked. We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel,” he told AFP.

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Skipper Tamim Iqbal tweeted that it was a “frightening experience” and that there were “active shooters”.

“Entire team got saved from active shooters!!!” tweeted Tamim Iqbal. “Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.” Local media said there were multiple casualties at one mosque and that another had been evacuated.

Meanwhile, the third test between New Zealand and Bangladesh has been called off.

(With agencies input)

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