After a right-wing Australian terrorist opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, killing 49 people and injuring scores of others, the entire world is still reeling from the attck, the entirety of which was live-streamed on social media platforms by the murderer.
While investigations are ongoing, and the trauma of the attacks will continue to reverberate across the normally peaceful country and its migrant Muslim community for years, one particular group of would-be worshippers had a merciful escape.
Bangladesh’s cricket team was scheduled to play against New Zealand’s national squad in Christchurch for a series taking place on the island nation, which has since been cancelled. Indeed, Bangladeshi players were meant to attend their Friday prayers at one of the mosques targetted by the shooter.
In a video posted on Twitter, the team’s manager Khaled Mashud Pil revealed that the players and support staff had had a close escape, narrowly avoiding the attack from a mere “50 feet away.”
“Almost all of the cricket team, barring a few who stayed at the hotel was there,” said Mashud Pil, adding “If we had reached any earlier, we would be inside the mosque. I’m very lucky and thankful that we were outside.