Multiple people dead after shooting inside a New Zealand mosque, witness says

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"We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel", he told AFP.

Bangladesh's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said the players were shaken up. And a second one, I ran. They didn't see anything but heard gunshots. The ESPNcricinfo correspondent posted a video on Twitter of the cricket players hurrying through nearby Hagley Park as sirens wailed in the background.

"The coaching staff were all at the hotel".

"They were just outside the mosque about to get off from the bus and go into the mosque when they heard shooting and a lot of people running out and they saw someone wounded in front of them". I'm new in Christchurch, I didn't know who to contact. "This happened at about 1.45pm".

Bangladesh's performance and strategic analyst Shrinivas tweeted about the escape.

"Entire team got saved from active shooters", Iqbal tweeted. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

Local media reported at least six people were dead and the South Island city was placed in lockdown as police hunted for an "active shooter".

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Mr Bush said, "a serious and evolving situation was occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter".

In response to a serious ongoing firearms incident in Christchurch all Christchurch schools have been placed into lockdown.

Police also advised mosques across the country to "shut their doors, and advise that people refrain from visiting these premises until further notice".

Armed police have been deployed after reports of shots being fired at a mosque in Christchurch.

Shootings were reported at the Al Noor Mosque, the Linwood Masjid mosque and Christchurch Hospital.

A man in the mosque at the time, who would not give his name, said there were "bodies all over me".

An eyewitness inside the mosque says he heard shots fired and says at four people were lying on the ground and "there was blood everywhere".

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