Bangladesh Team To Return Home After Deadly Mosque Attacks

Bangladesh Team To Return Home After Deadly Mosque Attacks

New Zealand police have warned all mosques countrywide to shut their doors after active shooters opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch city centre.

The team had been due to play a third Test match against New Zealand on Saturday at the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground, which is close to the Masjid Al Noor Mosque.

Australia's cricket team boycotted a tour in Bangladesh in 2015 citing a lack of security.

One witness told stuff.co.nz he was praying in the Deans Ave mosque when he heard shooting and saw his wife lying dead on the footpath outside when he fled.

"They are at the ground, they are shaken but good".

All the Bangladesh national cricket team players were escorted by heavily armed New Zealand police with loaded sub-machine guns to the entrance gate of the airport.

Chief executive Jeremy Curwin said Canterbury Cricket had consulted with the players, who were given the opportunity to make their decision whether to play the final game as individuals or collectively. "We have advised the players not to step out". As a country, we'll have to look at [security of visiting teams]. "Once it is assured only then we will go, otherwise not", he said. "I just hope after returning home we can overcome it (trauma) with the passing of time", Tamim said before the team left Christchurch. "We will set a plan from now on to ensure proper security when our team will be on tour in future".

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The team arrived at the mosque after a news conference for their upcoming match, which has now been canceled.

"It's quite unbelievable really. I would say we are very lucky", Mashud told reporters in Christchurch.

Isam said the team had been on a bus that had gone to the mosque around the time of the attack. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", the opening Bangladeshi batsman wrote on Twitter. "We are lucky to escape and can't imagine what would have happened had we entered the mosque just five minutes earlier".

"Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand". White said Friday's incident would "greatly affect" the country. If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened.

"We are shocked and appalled, as I'm sure all New Zealanders are", he added.

England's cricket team was provided security equal to that of a head of a state when they visited Bangladesh in 2016, months after one of the worst extremist attacks on foreigners in a Dhaka cafe. After this, the cricketing body banned worldwide cricket in Pakistan.

Chowdhury also said that Bangladesh repeatedly pointed out the security matter in the past, insisting that no country is safe now, which is now proved. Later, the players went back to their hotel.

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