New Zealand terror attack: Multiple people stabbed by 'ISIS-inspired' knifeman in supermarket as screaming shoppers fleeSeptember 3, 2021
MULTIPLE people have been stabbed inside a supermarket by an "ISIS-inspired" knifeman who was then shot dead by police.
Shoppers fled for their lives and screamed in horror in Auckland, New Zealand, after several people were hurt in the "extremist" terror attack.
The "violent" knifeman who went on the "out of control" stabbing rampage was on New Zealand's terror watchlist, authorities confirmed.
Six people were injured in the attack on Friday 2.40pm local time – with three in critical condition after suffering neck and chest wounds.
Two others are in "moderate" conditions and one person injured is in a serious condition.
New Zealand police said they had shot dead the 32-year-old man after he injured several people at the Countdown supermarket in the city's New Lynn suburb.
Speaking this morning, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong.
"A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders. He was gripped by violent and ISIS-inspired ideology that is not supported here.
"It was carried out by an individual, not a faith."
She described the 32-year-old "lone wolf" attacker as a Sri Lankan national who arrived in New Zealand in 2011.
Ardern added that the man was a "supporter of ISIS" and had previously been under surveillance by police before the attack.
He was known to the authorities since 2016, the Prime Minister confirmed.
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."
The knifeman was shot dead within 60 seconds of the terrifying attack starting and two officers were involved in the shooting.
It is understood the man obtained a knife from within the store, New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster confirmed.
Videos posted on social media show terrified shoppers in the New Lynn supermarket shortly after the attacker struck.
One witness said "people were panicking" as officers swarmed on the mall and rushed to the scene of the terror attack.
What we know so far…
- The 'lone wolf' attacker stabbed multiple people in the supermarket in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn
- It's believed he obtained the knife from within the supermarket, according to reports
- Six people have been injured in the rampage, including three in critical condition
- The 32-year-old knifeman was shot dead by police 60 seconds after the attack started
- Jacinda Ardern confirmed it was an 'extremist terror attack'
- New Zealand's Prime Minister said the knifeman was 'gripped by violent and ISIS-inspired ideology'
- The violent attacker was on the country's terror watchlist and was known by authorities since 2016
Another shopper who was in the mall when the chaos unfolded, Michelle Miller, said the attacker was "running around like a lunatic" and described hearing screams.
A woman can be heard saying in one video: "There's someone here with a knife … he's got a knife."
At least 10 police units could be seen swarming the surrounding streets as shoppers ran to safety.
In a statement, officers said: "Police can confirm that a man has entered a New Lynn supermarket and injured multiple people.
"Police have located the man and he has been shot. He has died at the scene."
The shopping mall said in a statement: "The matter is now in the hands of the police and we'll continue to provide them with our full assistance.
"LynnMall is now closed and we will update once we know more."
More to follow…
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