We were maximum 50 yards away: Mashud

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:05, Mar 15,2019 | Updated: 15:11, Mar 15,2019

Christchurch mosque attack

Bangladesh manager Khaled Mashud speaks to reporters in Christchurch on Friday. — BCB photo

Bangladesh cricket team manager Khaled Mahsud on Friday felt they were very lucky to escape a massive damage during the terror attack on two Christchurch mosques that left at least 40 people dead.

Bangladesh cricket team was about to disembark from their team bus to offer Jumma prayer when gunman attacked the Masjid Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch.

‘Everyone have seen (what had happened), we did not expect this, we were lucky,’ Mashud told reporters in Christchurch. 

‘We were about 17 people in the bus. Soumya Sarker was among them.  Only two players were in the hotel. Rest of them were there.

‘We were very close, we could see the mosque. We were maximum 50 yards away... If we were there three to four minutes earlier, we would have been in the mosque, massive thing might have happened.

‘It looked like video, what we usually see in movie, from the bus we saw bloodied people coming out of the mosque.

‘We stayed in the bus about eight to 10 minutes. We kept our heads down in the bus, in case of any firing (towards us).

‘Later we realised terror could come out an attack on us, they would get then lot of us in the bus and big incident would happen, then we all decided to leave the bus,’ Mashud said.

Bangladesh was in Christchurch to play their third and final Test against New Zealand at the end of their month long tour.

The Test has now been cancelled and the Bangladesh Cricket Board asked the team to return home at the earliest possible time.

Some 40 people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, in what prime minister Jacinda Ardern said was a terrorist attack.

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