Extremist under surveillance stabs six in New Zealand

Extremist under surveillance stabs six in New Zealand
New Zealand's PM say incident at supermarket was a "terrorist attack". Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: New Zealand police killed a “violent extremist” after he stabbed and wounded at least 6 people in an Auckland supermarket. The attacker was a Sri Lankan national who was under police surveillance, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

Ms Ardern described this as a “terrorist attack”.

The man has not been identified yet by the police, according to Prime Minister Ardern, he was a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Police killed him within 60 seconds of the attack on Friday.

The New Zealand Prime Minister said in a News Conference: “What happened today was despicable, it was hateful it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith.”

Among the wonded, three are in a critical condition and one is in a serious condition, according to health officials.

Auckland mayor Phil Goff said: “The hospital staff are doing everything they can to preserve their lives.”

He added: “We’re all horrified by what’s happened. But… justice came pretty swiftly for the offender.”

The attacker reportedly took a large knife from the store’s display cabinet and went on a stabbing spree. Police surveillance teams had been close by the entire time.

Stuff NZ reported quoting one witness that the supermarket was a scene of hysteria, and footage shared online showed people fleeing before the sound of gun shots could be heard.

“[People were] running out, hysterically, just screaming, yelling, scared,” the witness said, adding that he saw an elderly man lying on the ground with a stab wound.

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