Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Sarfaraz Ahmed prays for Bangladesh team’s safety after Christchurch terror attack

Sarfaraz Ahmed prays for Bangladesh team’s safety after Christchurch terror attack

Mohammad Isam, a journalist traveling with the Bangladesh team, said he believed the players wish to leave New Zealand as soon as possible.

"Our thoughts and honest condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch", Richardson said.

A reporter following the Bangladesh cricket team, who are now in New Zealand, tweeted that that had "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters". Jalal Yunus, the spokesperson of the BCB, said that most of the players were on the bus when the incident happened and was about to enter the mosque.

"It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it (the state of shock) after the experience we had here", Tamim told reporters at Christchurch airport moments before the team left for Bangladesh on Saturday.

"Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers".

Police Commissioner Mike Bush said "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter".

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the terrorist attacks on the mosques in Christchurch in his tweet today.

"We r extremely lucky.never want to see this things happen again.pray for us".

Bangladesh cricket team performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekeran, on the other hand, said: "Just escaped active shooters". Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!

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The Bangladesh team was near the mosque to offer Friday prayers when a gunman started shooting at the worshippers at Al Noor mosque.

Bangladesh players and management departed Christchurch on Saturday, travelling from their central city hotel to Christchurch Airport in the team bus under police escort, according to stuff.co.nz.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Police has taken four people in custody; one woman, three men as suspects of shooting. "This is not who we are", she said.

'I spoke to one of them shortly after, ' Vllavarayen said. "The Bangladesh cricket team is our national asset", he said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the toll and termed the shooting as one of the country's darkest days.

President of Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan Papon, centre, speaks during a press conference on the status of the country's cricket team in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

"The team plan was that a few of them made a decision to go to the mosque, which is close to the ground".

As the players arrived at the ground they heard but did not see the shooting taking place.

Barred from getting off the bus, they waited for several minutes before escaping the vehicle and running back through the park to the nearby oval.

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