Six people were injured in a stabbed attack by a man in Auckland, New Zealand. informs The New Zealand Herald citing the country’s ambulance service. The offender was killed by the police. According to the authorities, he was a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist movement and was under surveillance.
According to her, three people who were injured at the Countdown store in southwest Auckland were taken to hospital in critical condition. Another person received serious injuries, and two victims received moderate injuries.
New Zealand police said police opened fire on the man armed with a knife and shot him dead. It took them 60 seconds to neutralize the culprit.
The murdered 32-year-old S. was a supporter of the Islamic State, said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. However, he acted alone. For the attack, the man used a knife taken from a store shelf.
“What happened today was terrible, disgusting, wrong. This was done by an individual who was infected with an ideology that no one supports here, ”said Jacinda Ardern. According to her, the terrorist was a native of Sri Lanka, who arrived in New Zealand in 2011.
According to New Zealand Police Chief Andrew Coster, the suspect was under round-the-clock surveillance, but it was not possible to neutralize him in a timely manner. “The reality is that when you are watching someone 24 hours a day, you cannot be right next to them (every minute),” Koster said.
Police have been monitoring the suspect since 2016. They knew that the immigrant had kept videos of Islamic State militants. The man was considered a potential threat after he bought large hunting knives twice. Some time ago, the suspect was released from prison.
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