Many dead in New Zealand mosque shooting

A view of the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue in Christchurch

Forty-nine people were killed in a terror attack on Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on Friday Credit Reuters

After being barred from getting off the bus for several minutes, the players escaped and are now "locked down" in their dressing room, per ESPNCricinfo. They were at the ground [Hagley Oval] and just started running.

A spokeswoman did not know how many patients were expected, adding it was an "evolving situation". "This happened at about 1.45pm".

A video from ESPNCricinfo reporter Mohammad Isam showed the team looking visibly shaken as they rushed through Hagley Park to get away from the scene of the incident.

A gunman opened fire in a mosque in New Zealand on Friday and there were several casualties, media reported, after police deployed armed officers in response to shots fired in the centre of Christchurch city.

Bangladesh and New Zealand are scheduled to begin the third and final Test at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

Bangladesh's "entire" cricket team was saved from a shooting in central Christchurch, one of their players said on Friday. I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard. "I ran behind the mosque", he said.

People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch. "I ran behind the mosque", he told TVNZ. Lots of people were sitting on the floor.

Several hundred people were inside the mosque at the time and witnesses reported seeing at least four people on the ground and "blood everywhere", according to Radio New Zealand.

"The floor. There's lots of blood on the floor, you can see when you go in".

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, police commissioner Mike Bush said.

A mass casualty plan has been activated in the greater Canterbury region, which includes the city of Christchurch. He called for residents of the city to remain indoors as police conducted an investigation.

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