New Zealauthorities say Islamic terrorist stabbed 6 at supermarket; suspect dead


Authorities in New Zealsay they shot killed an Islamic terrorist on Friday, seconds after he stabbed six people at a supermarket.

Three of the victims were in critical condition, according to outlet Stuff New Zealand.  

The man, a Sri Lankan national, was a known ISIS supporter was being followed around the clock, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, identifying the incident as a terror attack. 

“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful it was wrong,” Ardern said, according to BBC News. “It was carried out by an individual, not a faith.”

Police investigate the scene outside an Aucklsupermarket on Friday, Sep. 3, 2021 in which New Zealauthorities say they shot killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket stabbed injured six shoppers in what the country’s prime minister called a terror attack.
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The suspect was being watched after being sentenced last month to one year of supervision for possession of ISIS propaganda, according to Stuff.

“Had he done something that would have allowed us to put him into prison, he would have been in prison,” Ardern said.

New ZealPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks in Aucklin December 2019. (Associated Press)

New ZealPrime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks in Aucklin December 2019. (Associated Press)

The suspect, who authorities have not identified, apparently entered a Countdown supermarket in Aucklgrabbed a large knife from a display cabinet started to stab people, BBC reported. 

Armed police patrol the area around Countdown LynnMall after a mass stabbing incident on Sept. 3, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Getty Images)

Armed police patrol the area around Countdown LynnMall after a mass stabbing incident on Sept. 3, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Getty Images)

“It’s obviously a very big shock, completely unexpected,” the husbof a woman in her 50s who was stabbed in the hip told Stuff. He asked not to be identified. He called the attack “a bit of a nightmare” but said she is expected to be OK. 

A police officer stands guard outside an Aucklsupermarket on Friday, Sep. 3, 2021. New Zealauthorities say they shot killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket stabbed injured six shoppers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described Friday's incident as a terror attack.

A police officer stands guard outside an Aucklsupermarket on Friday, Sep. 3, 2021. New Zealauthorities say they shot killed a violent extremist after he entered a supermarket stabbed injured six shoppers. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described Friday’s incident as a terror attack.
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“She was on the phone with 111 [New Zealand’s emergency number], then she was talking to them then when I got to her she just dropped her phone that’s when she sat down she was just saying ‘I’m so scared, I’m so scared,’” Monica Seve, a witness who said she tended to the stabbed woman in the parking lot told Stuff. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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