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Bangla cricketers barely escape New Zealand shooting

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The team had a devastating experience in on Friday when shooters fired at a Even though the players were in the vicinity, they are safe.

The team though is in a state of shock by the turn of events. The players took to to inform fans and family of their safety and also asked them to pray for those in the crisis.

An active shooter is at large in after attacking the mosque, police said and warned people to avoid the area as all schools and hospitals were put in lockdown.

is set to play in in the the third Test in the ongoing series and the attack comes on the eve of the Test match.

Witnesses told the media there were several casualties and people were seen running for their lives to escape the shooter.

Taking to Twitter, senior batsman said: "Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack"

tweeted: "Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the ..we are extremely lucky...never want to see this things happen again....pray for us."

quoted a witness inside the mosque saying he heard shots fired and "there was blood everywhere".

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings. There is never a justification for that sort of hatred," said Amy Adams, a from Christchurch, as reported by CNBC.

confirmed the incident, calling it a "serious and evolving situation". Police said in a statement that authorities had taken one person into custody but there could also be others involved.

"This is an evolving incident and we are working to confirm the facts, however we can confirm there have been a number of fatalities," Bush said.



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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 09:14 IST