The stabbing at a supermarket in New Zealand Auckland was a terrorist attack, according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. A man injured six people before he was shot by the police himself. He is said to have been inspired by Islamic State (IS).
The man came from Sri Lanka to New Zealand in 2011 and had been supervised since 2016. Details about that could not be released yet. At a press conference, Ardern stressed that the attack had been carried out by one person who was enthralled by an “ideology not supported by anyone here”. Police say the suspect was acting alone.
Three out of six victims are in critical condition in hospital. A fourth person was seriously injured. Witnesses previously told New Zealand media that several people were lying on the ground with stab wounds. Videos show how people run away from the supermarket and warn others about “an offender with a knife”.
Serious incidents of violence are scarcely occurring in New Zealand and it rarely happens that cops—who normally dont carry guns — shoot suspects. Auckland, the largest city in the country, is currently in a very strict lockdown due to an outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant, allowing residents to leave their homes alone to go to the supermarket, GP or hospital.