Witness Says Many Dead in New Zealand Mosque Shooting

The Bangladesh tour has been cancelled

People in centre of the city should stay indoors, police said.

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

The New Zealand Herald reported there was a second shooting at the Linwood Masjid Mosque.

Later Friday afternoon, media outlets said there also was a shooting at another mosque in Christchurch.

Witnesses told local media that several people appeared to be injured inside the building.

An eyewitness told Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere".

"Police believe there may be other offenders", the New Zealand Police tweeted.

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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. They lost their one-day global series 3-0 and have also lost the three-Test series after New Zealand claimed victory in the opening two matches. "I've lost count of the number of police cars, but obviously all the police on these cordons are heavily armed and trying to keep the public out of the scene, keep them safe until they know exactly what's happened here, and that they've managed to apprehend the alleged gunman", she said.

It has been reported that up to 500 people were in the mosque at the time. Police have warned people to avoid the area.

"I heard a big sound of the gun".

"When that was happening, one of the players had called me to contact the police".

Robert Weatherhead told the news website he had taken in about 13 men and a boy aged about three after they escaped from Al Noor Mosque. "Lots of police and ambulance have come, and they did not allow us to go in the mosque or to get close to it", he said.

People were being evacuated from the vicinity, it said.

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