Witness says he saw 'dead people everywhere' after New Zealand mosque shooting

'Shots fired' near mosque in New Zealand

Multiple casualties were reported following shooting at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Masjid al Noor was filled with worshippers, including members of the Bangladesh cricket team.

According to New Zealand news site TVNZ, the incident took place at a mosque.

Media reports say armed police are clearing buildings in the vicinity. There were three in the hallway, at the door leading into the mosque, and people inside the mosque, " he said. "This is an evolving incident and we are working to confirm the facts", @nzpolice tweeted.

Local channels show footage of the shooting from a Facebook Livestream believed to be from the shooter's account. No details were immediately available.

Bangladesh's cricket team escaped unscathed after a shooting at a mosque in central Christchurch, an official told AFP on Friday. "Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers", he wrote.

Reacting to the shooting incident, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this is one of the country's darkest days.

Mohammad Isam, a Bangladeshi journalist for Cricinfo who was on the scene, said that all the players are safe, but want to fly back to Bangladesh.

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"The players are shaken up but fine".

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", Mario Villavarayen, strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, told Reuters in a message.

Another eyewitness said people are being evacuated from near a second mosque in Christchurch and police are swarming the area.

Schools and council buildings in the city have been placed in lockdown and police have ordered people in central Christchurch to stay indoors as they respond to a "critical incident".

New Zealand police have confirmed one suspect is in custody following the attack.

Shots were fired at or near mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.

"Police urge anyone in central Christchurch to stay off the streets and report any suspicious behavior", he said in a statement.

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