Christchurch: The Bangladeshi Test cricket team has been caught up in a mass shooting in Christchurch, fleeing from outside a mosque where they had gone for prayers.
The attacks began around 1:40pm local time when witnesses say an armed shooter entered the Masjid Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and started firing.
Police said a shooter also entered another mosque at Linwood Avenue, and confirmed there had been multiple fatalities.
ESPN Cricinfo reporter Mohammad Isam filmed members of the Bangladesh team hurrying away from the mosque through Hagley Park after the incident.
Isam said the team had been on a bus that had gone to the mosque around the time of the attack.
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.
Members of the team posted to Twitter after the incident to confirm they had escaped from the shootings.
Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal tweeted: “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #christchurchMosqueAttack”
The team has been in New Zealand for more than a month, playing three one-day internationals ahead of a three-Test series.(Agencies)