He bought a knife in a mall and then attacked people around him. He seriously injured four out of six. The authorities already knew the perpetrator.
Auckland (AP) – Authorities say the knife attack on a supermarket in the New Zealand suburb of Auckland was a terrorist attack.
A “violent extremist” is responsible, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference on Friday. According to emergency services, six people were injured in the LynnMall shopping center, four of them seriously. According to the police, the attacker was shot dead by the security forces. It was a man from Sri Lanka who had been known to the authorities since 2016 and who was under surveillance, said Mr. Ardern.
“What happened today was despicable, it was heinous, it was wrong,” said Ardern. There is no belief behind it, but “an ideology which is not supported by anyone here”.
According to reports, the man bought the murder weapon at the supermarket before attacking those present with the knife. The Countdown supermarket chain, to which LynnMall belongs, said management was “devastated” by the incident. It was not until May that there was a knife attack with five injured in another supermarket in the chain.