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The Bangladesh team is reported to have left the bus and fled on foot to nearby Hagley Oval, where it was scheduled to play New Zealand in the Test match starting on Saturday.

The Bangladesh cricket team was arriving for Friday prayers when the shooting occurred but all members were safe, a team coach told Reuters.

Bangladesh's strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen said the players were shaken up.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed the deadly shooting at a mosque in New Zealand.

New Zealand Cricket Chief Executive Officer David White was shocked and ensured that they are doing all possible to support those affected by the incident. "We have asked the team to stay confined in the hotel". "Again both teams and support staff groups are safe", the Black Caps tweeted.

The test match in Christchurch was the first to be canceled since 2002, when a match between Pakistan and New Zealand in Karachi was called off after a terrorist bombing in the city. "It is not only, say, Bangladesh or India or Pakistan at the high risk", he said.

"I tried to charge towards the team bus, which I saw from about 100 yards, I thought just go near to what was happening, there was live shooting going on at that time, there was fire - I saw one dead body and one person running towards me with a bloodied shoulder".

"There is a barricade in the middle so if somebody gets inside by using the main door they have to come inside and walk maybe one minute".

Mashud said the players and staff ran through Hagley Park to the ground after being allowed to get off the bus.

Two senior members of the team, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, had also tweeted about the team's safety and narrow escape.

"It was very sad, what happened yesterday was very unfortunate and the worst part was we were watching all those things happening".

"I spoke to one of them shortly after, " Vllavarayen said.

Former Bangladesh cricketer Khaled Mashud, now the team's manager, said they were fortunate not to be in the Deans Avenue mosque when the shooting happened.

"It's obviously early days in a fairly fluid situation (but) it's something that we as New Zealanders have to look at as well", he said.

Before Friday, New Zealand's worst mass shooting was in 1990 when a gun-mad loner killed 13 men, women and children in a 24-hour rampage in the tiny seaside village of Aramoana.

An eyewitness tells Radio New Zealand he heard shots fired and four people were lying on the ground, with "blood everywhere". "There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was".