Christchurch terror attack: Bangladesh tour of NZ called off

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Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand has been reportedly called off following a terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques. The team is safe, in lockdown at their hotel; it was en route to one of the mosques for Friday prayers at the time of the attack but escaped to the nearby Hagley Oval.

New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush said that police had made four arrests in connection with the attack.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it a terrorist attack. “There is no place in New Zealand for such acts of extreme and unprecedented violence, which it is clear this act was,” Arden said. “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.”

However, Bangladesh eam manager Khaled Mashud said that the players had had a lucky escape. “We must have been about 50 yards from the mosque. I would say we were really lucky. Had we reached even three or four minutes earlier, we probably would have been inside the mosque. This could then have been a massive incident.”

He said arrangements were being made to fly the team back to Bangladesh as soon as possible.
Within a couple of hours the two boards had decided on the fate of the tour.

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