Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attack

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 17:23 IST The New Zealand-Bangladesh Test match in Christchurch was called-off in light of the attack (AP Photo)Virat Kohli expressed his horror at the terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch after a gunman killed 49 people and injured several others during Friday prayers at two mosques. The Bangladesh team was arriving at one of the mosques to offer prayers but fortunately none of the cricketers was harmed.New Zealand Cricket announced all members and support staff of both the Bangladesh and New Zealand teams were safe and accounted for. Bangladesh were scheduled to take on New Zealand in the third and final Test of the three-match series from March 16. However, the tour was cancelled after the tragic incident.The Bangladesh cricket team was on a bus that was approaching the Al Noor mosque a day before the third Test at Hagley Oval when the shooting began.”They were on the bus, which was just pulling up to the mosque when the shooting begun,” Mario Villavarayen, the team’s strength and conditioning coach, told Reuters via Twitter. “They are at the ground, they are shaken but good.”Pictures of Bangladeshi players walking back through Hagley Park to the cricket ground surfaced on social media. “All our players are now safe in their hotel which has been cordoned off,” the spokesman said. “We have advised the players not to step out,” a Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesperson said. “Importantly, our players are safe.”New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed the Christchurch tragedy a terror attack..”Many of those who would have been affected by this shooting may be migrants to New Zealand. They may even be refugees here. They have chosen to make New Zealand their home and it is their home,” she said.advertisementThe cricket fraternity reacted with shock after the incident. Virat Kohli said the Christchurch attack was shocking and tragic and he said his thoughts went out to the victims and the Bangladesh team.Shocking and tragic. My heart goes out to the ones affected by this cowardly act at Christchurch. Thoughts with the Bangladesh team as well, stay safe.Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 15, 2019Thanks, @imVkohli https://t.co/ezn3otyU3uBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) March 15, 2019Very shocked to hear about the shooting at Christchurch in New Zealand. Thoughts with the affected families.VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) March 15, 2019So sad to see what happened @christchuch …Praying for the victims and familiesMahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) March 15, 2019Despicable scenes in #Christchurch! Gorgeous city ruined by fools!The hatred starts somewhere. Scrolling through @Twitter, the more abuse, hatred, bullying & downright rudeness I see.Social media guidelines HAVE TO change & change ASAP!We’re living in a sh*t world!Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 15, 2019Horrific news out of Christchurch! Absolutely devastating. Thoughts and prayers go out to all affected at this extremely sad time Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) March 15, 2019Why ? Why ? Once again a cowardly disgusting attack on innocent people’s lives .. Thoughts & prayers with everyone affected in NZ .. !! Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 15, 2019ChristchurchBen Stokes (@benstokes38) March 15, 2019The attack on the mosques was condemned by world leaders. Political and Islamic leaders reacted with disgust.”I blame these increasing terror attacks on the current Islamophobia post-9/11 (where) 1.3 billion Muslims have collectively been blamed for any act of terror,” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan posted on social media.In a statement, Al-Azhar University, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old seat of Sunni Islamic learning, said the attacks had “violated the sanctity of the houses of God”.”We warn the attack is a dangerous indicator of the dire consequences of escalating hate speech, xenophobia, and the spread of Islamophobia.”Also Read | New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd Test cancelled after mosque shootings in ChristchurchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow BangladeshFollow New ZealandFollow Christchurch mosque shooting Shocking and tragic: Virat Kohli reacts to Christchurch mosques terror attackVirat Kohli reacted to the horrific attack on two mosques in Christchurch and said his thoughts went out to the victims of the terror attack and the Bangladesh cricket team which had a close shave.advertisementlast_img read more

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