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Bangladesh cricketers shaken after terrorist attack

  • Published at 03:03 pm March 15th, 2019
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Visibly shaken Bangladesh cricketers and coaching staffs in the dressing room in Christchurch

The dramatic scene following the attack has left the members of the team shocked and traumatised

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team have been left shaken after the horrific terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand Friday. 

A big group of Bangladesh team members were lucky to escape the incident by minutes. 

However, the dramatic scene following the attack has left the members of the team shocked and traumatised.

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal took to his social media account and said, “"Entire team got saved from active shooters!!! Frightening experience and please keep us in your prayers #ChristchurchMosqueAttack.”

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim termed themselves lucky to have been missed being part of the heinous attack by just a few minutes of difference. 

“Allah saved us today while shooting in Christchurch Mosque...we were so lucky...thanks to Almighty...We were so close and don’t want to experience these things again...pray for us,” said the right-handed batsman on his Facebook page moments after the attack.

Meanwhile, regular Test captain Shakib al Hasan, who is currently out of action due to injury, said on his social media page, “I have nothing to say about the active shooting in New Zealand that took place all I want to say is I’m grateful to almighty Allah for saving my brothers my teammates! Alhamdulillah. My heart goes out to the families of the deceased souls who lost their lives at the new zealand mosque attack may Allah grant them jannah ameen.”

On his Facebook page, batsman Mominul Haque said, “Alhamdulillah we got saved but this is absolutely terrifying. We lost our muslim brothers and sisters. May The Almighty help us all.”

Spinner Mehedi Hasan Miraz on his social media page said,” Alhamdulillah, By the grace of ALLAH our cricketers are safe now.”    

ODI skipper Mashrafe bin Mortaza, who returned home recently following the three-ODI series against the Kiwis, wrote on his Facebook page, “I got the news of the terrorist attack on the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand where many people have died, including two Bangladeshis. I strongly condemn this terrorist attack. Since hearing about this, I was really tensed about our cricketers. All thanks to Almighty Allah, our cricketers are safe following this horrific attack. They are now in a safe place. If they had gone to the mosque early for the Friday prayers, they might have been in a grievous situation. Allah has looked after us. I hope our cricketers will return home soon, and safe.”

Newbie to the Bangladesh dressing room opening batsman Shadman Islam marked himself safe on Facebook during the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bangladesh team analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran took to his Twitter account to share the horrific experience.

“Just escaped active shooters!!! Heartbeats pumping badly and panic everywhere!!” said the Indian national.

At least forty-nine people were killed in shootings at two mosques in a terrorist attack that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence.”

Officials said four people were in custody, and that a number of explosive devices were found attached to vehicles that they had stopped.