A man who is said to be a terrorist stabbed and wounded 6 people in an Auckland supermarket.
The Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden confirmed the incident was a terrorist attack that was carried out by a Sri Lankan civilian who was under police surveillance.
According to reports, he was a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist group.
“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong, it was carried out by an individual, not a faith.” The hospital staff are doing everything they can to preserve their lives. We are all horrified by what’s happened. But justice came pretty swiftly for the offender.” Ms Arden said.
The incident took place at the Countdown supermarket at LynnMall in the district of New Lynn. The attacker took the knife from the store and went on stabbing people according to sources.
Police surveillance had been closely monitoring him and he was shot and killed within 60 seconds of the attack. One of the victims was an old man who happens to be fighting for his life at the moment.
Questions have been raised why actions were not taken if he has been under Police surveillance all this while. According to Ms Arden, the terrorist, whose name has not been disclosed has been under monitoring since his arrival in 2011, he was a person of interest and on a terror watchlist to many agencies.
“The reality is that, when you are surveilling someone on a 24/7 basis, it is not possible to be immediately next to them at all times. The staff intervened as quickly as they could and they prevented further injury in what was a terrifying situation,” said Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.
Fear has gripped the nationals as they could be another attack, but authorities are sure that the attacker acted alone and hence there’s no need for fear and further danger.
By: George Addo