At least three Bangladeshis were killed and seven others injured in New Zealand's worst terror attacks on Friday that claimed 49 lives, Bangladeshi media reported.
At least 49 worshippers were killed and 20 others injured in attacks on the Al Noor Mosque in central Christchurch and the Linwood Mosque in the city's outer suburb. The gunman at one mosque was an Australian-born citizen and has been described as an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.
It was not immediately clear how many attackers were involved, but New Zealand police said three men had been taken into custody.
Three Bangladeshis were killed and seven others from the country were in hospitals with gunshot wounds, bdnews24.com quoted Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, Bangladesh's honorary consul in Auckland, citing local residents.
Identities of the injured Bangladeshis could not be known immediately, Daily Star newspaper reported.
"They went to that mosque to attend Friday prayers. The families began to call them by phone as they did not return home. Later, the families were informed that they have been hospitalised after being shot," Bhuiyan said.
Bangladesh cricket team players in Christchurch narrowly escaped the attack as they were going to the Masjid Al Noor mosque to offer prayers. The team members were quickly escorted back to their hotel.
In the aftermath of the terror attack, the New Zealand Cricket board announced that the third Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh scheduled to start on Saturday has been cancelled.
Following the attacks, the Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra remained "engaged" with the New Zealand authorities for the safety of members of Bangladesh diaspora and an early safe exit of the Bangladesh cricket team from New Zealand, bdnews24.com reported.
In a statement, the High Commission said it directly and through the honorary consul of Bangladesh in Auckland disseminated messages to the Bangladeshis living in New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular to remain calm, stay indoors, avoid places of congregation and obey the instructions of law enforcers.
Bhuiyan will reach Christchurch Saturday morning to extend support to the Bangladeshi victims, the report said.
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