New Zealand police hunt 'active shooter' after gunman opens fire at mosque

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Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, sparking a hunt for an "active" shooter in the South Island town of Christchurch.

People in central Christchurch have been urged to stay indoors and report any suspicious behaviour immediately to authorities.

Peneha says he went into the mosque to try and help: "I saw dead people everywhere".

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said there was a "serious and evolving situation" involving an active shooter in Christchurch just before 3 p.m. local time.

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh's highest run scorer, said he and his teammates were able to flee to safety following reports that 20 shots were fired. I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.

"Alhamdulillah Allah save us today while shooting in Christchurch in the mosque", tweeted another player, Mushfiqur Rahim.

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Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday.

Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team was quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying that the team was close to where the shooting occurred, but was safe.

The team is in Christchurch to play New Zealand in a third cricket test starting on Saturday.

"They were devastated and terrified and I saw guys who were from the mosque covered in blood sitting in ambulances".

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. Lots of people were sitting on the floor.

The police recommended that residents across Christchurch remain off the streets and said schools would be locked down until further notice. "I ran behind the mosque", he told TVNZ.

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