Shooting at mosque in New Zealand

An injured person is loaded into an ambulance following the mass shooting at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch New Zealand on Friday

Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand were instructed by police to remain indoors as news of a shooting attack directed at local mosques broke out Friday.

According to Nine News, several hundred people are believed to have been inside the Masjid Al Noor mosque at the time of the shooting and Canterbury Police have confirmed that they are responding to the "critical incident".

All schools in Christchurch have been placed on lockdown, police commissioner Mike Bush said.

ESPN cricket reporter Mohammad Isam tweeted that a team from Bangladesh "escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters".

"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".

Media reported that a gunman opened fire inside mosque in Christchurch's Hagley Park.

"Horrified to hear of Christchurch mosque shootings".

A witness told media that a man dressed in a military-style, camouflage outfit, and carrying an automatic rifle had started randomly shooting people in the mosque.

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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.

Bangladesh are due to play New Zealand at Hagley Oval on Saturday.

There are reports that a second mosque has been evacuated.

Muslims account for just over 1 percent of New Zealand's population, a 2013 census showed. I'm speaking from experience, I'm speaking from what I've heard.

"It was very traumatic there and people were running out from that mosque presumably, and the Bangladesh players were coming out".

"Entire team got saved from active shooters", Iqbal tweeted.

"I've lived next door to this mosque for about five years and the people are great, they're very friendly", he said.

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