- The terrorist, a native of Sri Lanka, had come to New Zealand in 2011
Auckland: A terrorist, who was said to be inspired by the Islamic State, went on a rampage at a super market in suburban Auckland in New Zealand on Friday, stabbing six persons. He was shot dead by the police within a minute, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
She called it a “terrorist attack” that was carried out by a “violent extremist” who had been inspired by the Islamic State.
Talking about the attack, Ardern said that the attacker, a native of Sri Lanka who had arrived in New Zealand in 2011, had seized a knife from the display area and started stabbing people.
Six people were injured, three of them with critical injuries. Within 60 seconds, the police opened fire at him, shooting him dead.
What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong,” Ardern said.
She added that the attacker was under surveillance since 2016 because of court suppression orders.
Police believe he was working alone.
Ardern later called up his family and apologized for killing him.
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