Bangladesh cricketers fly home from New Zealand

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A New Zealand Cricket spokesman confirmed the organization is "in constant communication" with the Bangladesh team.

In the aftermath, the country's threat level was raised from low to high, police warned Muslims against going to a mosque anywhere in New Zealand, and the national airline cancelled several flights in and out of Christchurch, a city of almost 400,000.

Bangladesh's cricket team arrived home on Saturday after its tour of New Zealand was abandoned following the Christchurch mosque shootings a day earlier. "In future, whenever we send our cricket team overseas we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries", Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, according to state-run news agency BSS.

Bangladeshi cricket team narrowly avoided the attack after a wounded woman prevented them to enter the mosque, she said condemning the attack in New Zealand. Seven people were killed in the attack, although, the Sri Lanka cricket team was safe.

"The militants and terrorists have no religion, country or nation".

"They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun", he told Reuters via Twitter.

Bangladesh, with its hectic efforts, managed to save the country from militancy and terrorism. "The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is in constant contact with the players and team management", the BCB said in a statement on its Twitter page.

When he was asked whether or not there were any suspicions that the attacker was aware of the presence of the team there and even deliberately targeted them, Isam said that he did not think so.

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The attack took place just after 1.30 pm local time.

"We (are) extremely lucky. never want to see (these) things happen again. pray for us", Rahim tweeted.

Witnesses reported hearing 50 shots and police are responding to the incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch on the country's South Island. "We now have to be very, very vigilant - all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely". "The persons who perpetrated this violence against us. have no place in New Zealand".

Mohammad Isam, a journalist from ESPNCricinfo, filmed the players as they made their way from the bus to the ground.

They stayed on the team bus for around 10 minutes, realising the gravity of the situation following which the police escorted them to the Hagley Oval where the cricketers were locked inside the dressing room.

Bangladesh's support staff were scheduled for a later flight.

Mario Villavarayen, a strength and conditioning coach with the Bangladesh team, told New Zealand media the players did not see the shooter but heard shots. "They are in bad and severe mental (distress), they're not feeling well".

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