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Christchurch shooting: Shahid Afridi says that terrorism has no religion, prays for the bereaved

The Bangladesh team was set to take on hosts New Zealand in Christchurch tomorrow, but in the wake of the attacks, the third Test has been called off.

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Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

At least 49 people have been killed and 20 seriously injured after gunmen opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday. The attack came as a shock to the country and the world because New Zealand has always been a peaceful country. Gunmen stormed the al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and also the Linwood mosque on Linwood Avenue. Both mosques, the locations of which are now on lockdown by the police, are in Christchurch’s city center.

The attacks were disturbing for cricket fans too, as the Bangladesh cricket team escaped unscathed from one of the two mosques. Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus revealed in a statement that the team was about to enter the mosque when they heard of the shooting and immediately fled from the place. Batsman Tamim Iqbal also expressed horror on his social media post, where he asked fans to pray for the safety of the team.

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Shahid Afridi asks not to recognize terrorism as a particular religion 

In the wake of the attack, former Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi also took to Twitter to condemn the horrific incident. He said he confirmed with the Bangladesh players of their safety, while also expressing that terrorism has no religion and this act should not be bracketed as a Muslim act.

“Horrifying tragedy. #Christchuch. I found NZ one of safest, most peaceful places, people are friendly. Spoke to Tamim big relief B’desh squad/staff is safe. World must together! stop hatred! Terrorism has no religion! Prayers for bereaved families. May Allah bless the departed,” the Multan Sultan player wrote on his handle.

Pakistan struggled for more than a decade to revive international cricket in its backyard, after the 2009 attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team bus, which saw six members of the Lankan team wounded. The Bangladesh team was set to take on hosts New Zealand in Christchurch tomorrow, but in the wake of the attacks, the third Test has been called off.

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