Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Multiple casualties reported in shooting at mosque in New Zealand`s Christchurch

Multiple casualties reported in shooting at mosque in New Zealand`s Christchurch

Police are responding to a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

The New Zealand Herald reported there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Soon after they were barred from getting off the bus, the players escaped and ran through Hagley Park.

Bangladesh's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said the players were shaken up.

Emergency services personnel assist one of the victims. They were at the ground and just started running.

"They didn't come out for the prayers so they are back at the hotel and the entire coaching staff are safe".

Another witness told TVNZ that he heard two shots then he ran out the door. I don't know how many (gunshots) there were. "This happened at about 1.45pm".

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent.

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park.

The team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

A New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said it was an "unfolding situation" around if the match would go ahead. He described the experience as "frightening".

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Arden said it was "one of New Zealand's darkest days". Lots of people were sitting on the floor.

Mohan Ibn Ibrahim told CNN he was inside the mosque when the shooting began and that he heard the gunman "continuously shooting for ten to 15 minutes".

"I saw dead people everywhere".

In response to "a serious ongoing firearms incident", police said all schools have been placed in lock-down.

Christchurch Hospital and the city's university were also on lockdown.

"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behavior immediately to 111", he added.

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