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Cricket fraternity expresses shock, disgust at NZ mosque shooting

Press Trust of India  |  Christchurch 

The terror attack on two mosques, that led to the death of 49 people and from which the team had a narrow escape, drew condemnation from the fraternity with calling it "shocking and tragic".

The shooting attacks took place on two mosques with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the city.

The team was close to one of the mosques but managed to escape unscathed. However, the incident led to the tour being called off.

"Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Thoughts with the team as well, stay safe," Kohli tweeted.

said the incident has left him stunned.

"For so long I've watched world events from afar and naively thought we were somehow different in our little corner of the world, somehow safe. Today is a terrible day. Disgusted and saddened doesn't begin to describe it," he tweeted.

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also took to the to express his disgust, saying "no place in this planet is safe for humanity".

"...because human beings are the biggest threat to this planet," Ashwin wrote.

batsman expressed his solidarity with the victims.

"Heartbreaking coming out from What's happened to humanity?" he tweeted.

Veteran off-spinner added: "Shattered with this terrible .Another terror attack. Where are we all heading. These cowards have no religion. Thoughts and prayers are with all the victims."

Former Australia and ex-also expressed their support to the victims.

"Horrific out of Christchurch! Absolutely devastating. Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected at this extremely sad time," Clarke tweeted.

Whatmore added: "Very sad news coming out of Christchurch, New Zealand. Condolences to all families whom have lost a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 17:25 IST