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‘Violent extremist’ carried out terrorist attack in New Zealand supermarket – Jacinda Arden

Written by on 03/09/2021

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Police shot and killed a man on Friday after he stabbed and wounded at least six people at a shopping mall in the city.

The man, who was known to authorities and had been residing in the country since October 2011, was a Sri Lankan national.

He was killed within 60 seconds of beginning the attack.

“A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern told a briefing.

He had been known to multiple agencies since 2016, with Ms Ardern confirming she had been personally aware of the individual prior to the attack, adding that she was personally gutted to hear what had happened.

She said: “This was someone who was known to our national security agencies and was of concern and was being monitored constantly. There are very few that fall into this category.”

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Described as a “lone wolf”, she said the attacker was a “supporter of ISIS” and inspired by extremist ideology.

Police confirmed a man entered a New Lynn supermarket and injured multiple people – all believed to be shoppers.

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Ms Ardern said any backlash against the Muslim community “would be wrong”, saying the attacker “is who is responsible, no one else”.

“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith,” she said.

The security in the country will remain at a medium level, Ms Ardern confirmed.

 Sky News

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