Christchurch terror attack: Bangladesh’s New Zealand tour called off



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Bangladesh cricket team’s tour of New Zealand was Friday called off in the wake of an attack a deadly terror attack which killed several people.

Bangladesh team, which was about to enter the mosque to offer prayers, were left unscathed but the prevailing situation led to the authorities calling off the third and final Test match at the Hagley Oval starting Saturday.

According to a report in Cricinfo: “The team was en route to the mosque for Friday prayers at the time of the attack but escaped to the nearby Hagley Oval. They are currently in lockdown at their team hotel.” 

Senior opener Tamim Iqbal has tweeted: “Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.” 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden termed the shooting as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

Arden issued a strong statement condemning the attack. 

“There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was. This is significant and I can tell you now this is and will be one of New Zealand’s darkest days. I would describe it as an unprecedented act of violence, an act that has absolutely no place in New Zealand. This is not who we are.” 

“Certainly it has occurred at a place where people should have been expressing their religious freedom, where they should have been in a safe environment, and they have not been today. There is no place in New Zealand for such extreme acts of unprecedented violence. 


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