Panic everywhere!': Bangladesh cricket team thankful to have escaped New Zealand shooting

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The Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped the carnage at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, which was the scene of one of two mass shootings that have left 49 people dead and at least 20 wounded. Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were also back in the hotel and have been contacted, and told to stay back at the hotel.

In breaking news, police are now responding to a critical incident in Christchurch, New Zealand, after shots were fired inside a mosque.

A witness said whe heard gunshots at the Linwood mosque at 1.45pm.

The players were kept on the bus by police, then later allowed to leave and to walk to nearby Hagley Oval, where they'd been scheduled to begin the third Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Coaching staff confirmed no team members were hurt, but that they were shaken. I have been calling my friends but there are many I haven't heard from.

According to initial reports, the Bangladesh cricket team was inside one of the mosques, but all managed to escape. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", the opening Bangladeshi batsman wrote on Twitter.

Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

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"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behaviour", he said in a statement. "This violence has absolutely no place in New Zealand this is not who we are. I'm sure all of New Zealand will take a look at their approach".

Mohammed Isam, the Bangladesh correspondent for ESPN, told the BBC he was with the players at the time of the shooting. They were at the ground [Hagley Oval] and just started running.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said the sport's governing body 'fully supports the decision to cancel the test match'.

At a news conference, Police Commissioner Mike Bush advised "anyone that was thinking of going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand today not to go, to close your doors until you hear from us again". They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home ... they are us.

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park district. The players later returned to their hotel, where they remained in lockdown.

"Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand", Ardern said. "About ten minutes later they ran out of the bus and ran through Hagley Park and into the Hagley Oval".

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