A shocking incident took place at a mosque in New Zealand's Christchurch city on Friday morning when the Bangladesh cricket team narrowly escaped a terror attack.
The team went to Masjid Al Noor mosque in Hagley Park to offer prayers before the third Test against New Zealand when a terrorist started shooting people at his own. Thankfully, none of the cricketers got injured in the incident.
Now, the third Test match has been suspended after the deadly attack in which several people lost their lives according to the local media.
After the attack, Indian skipper Virat Kohli shared his condolences to the Bangladesh team and others who got affected by the incident.
Kohli took to Twitter and posted, "Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe."
Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe. 🙏🏻— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 15, 2019
Kohli's deputy in limited-overs cricket Rohit Sharma also took to Twitter to question humanity, "Heartbreaking news coming out from New Zealand. What’s happened to humanity?"
Heartbreaking news coming out from New Zealand. What’s happened to humanity?— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) March 15, 2019
Still struggling to comprehend why... we are all one people... I don’t understand how such hatred can manifest itself like this disgusting...— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) March 15, 2019
Shattered with this terrible news..Another terror attack. Where are we all heading. These cowards have no religion. Thoughts and prayers are with all the victims.🙏🙏#christchurchMosqueAttack— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 15, 2019
Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots. He said they were shaken but unhurt.
"I spoke to one of them shortly after," Vllavarayen said. They didn't see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground and just started running. The coaching staff were all at the hotel."
The team is reported to have left the bus and fled on foot to nearly Hagley Oval where it is due to play New Zealand in a test match starting on Saturday.
Reports said the team is under lockdown in its dressing room at the stadium from which manager Khaled Mashud has remained in contact with officials from New Zealand Cricket and the Bangladesh Cricket Board.