What Is Known So Far About New Zealand’s Supermarket Stabbing Spree ‘Terrorist’

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Earlier, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the recent incident in a West Auckland supermarket as a terrorist attack and confirmed that six people had been injured, with three in critical condition.

A knife-wielding “extremist” who had been under round-the-clock surveillance due to concerns about his ideology was shot and killed by New Zealand police on Friday. The attacker, a Sri Lankan national who had been in New Zealand for 10 years, had entered the Countdown supermarket at LynnMall in the district of New Lynn on Friday afternoon.

​He picked up a knife from a display and started “running around like a lunatic” stabbing people, according to Stuff online news outlet. Police surveillance teams had been close by throughout the incident. New Zealand Herald cited a witness as claiming the man had shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest).

Footage posted on social media showed people in the supermarket seconds after the attacker struck exclaiming, “There’s someone here with a knife … he’s got a knife”, “Somebody got stabbed.”

The man was killed within 60 seconds of initiating the attack, which left six wounded people, three in critical condition, with neck and chest wounds, according to the St John ambulance service. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster told a news briefing the perpetrator had acted alone and there was no further threat to the public.

The Police Commissioner said the…

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