Bangladesh, March 16 -- A "right-wing extremist" armed with semi-automatic weapons rampaged through two mosques in the quiet New Zealand city of Christchurch during afternoon prayers Friday, killing 49 worshippers and wounding dozens more.

The attack, thought to be the deadliest against Muslims in the West in modern times.

At least three Bangladeshis were among the dead, an official said on Friday.

Seven other Bangladeshis were in hospital with gunshot wounds, said Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, Bangladesh's honorary consul in Auckland, citing local residents.

The Bangladesh national cricket team luckily escaped the attack.

A spokesman for the Bangladesh team told AFP that most members of the squad were on a bus that approached the mosque wh...