Police are currently responding to reports that a shooter was on the premises of the religious temple near Hagley Park. The local force Canterbury Police say the incident is critical and members of the public should avoid the area. The national Bangladesh team have been in New Zealand, taking part in a three test match series.
ESPN tweeted: “Bangladesh team escaped from a mosque near Hagley Park where there were active shooters.
“They ran back through Hagley Park back to the Oval.”
The team’s cricketer Tamim Iqbal Khan wrote: “Entire team got saved from active shooters.
“Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers.”
Bangladesh’s performance analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran added: “Just escaped active shooters.
“Hearts pumping badly and panic everywhere.”
Reports suggest a gunman opened fire at the mosque, with the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama claiming a man with a gun ran in at around 1.40pm.
Nine people have been confirmed dead in the shooting.
At least 30 people have reportedly been injured or killed by a gunman according to reports.
The alleged killer is believed to have live-streamed the shooting on Facebook.
Bangladesh were due to take on New Zealand on Saturday.
A spokesperson for New Zealand Cricket told Stuff it was an “unfolding situation” as to whether the match would go ahead.