WELLINGTON: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said an ISIS-inspired attacker stabbed six people in a New Zealand supermarket on Friday and police shot dead a man in custody.
The man, a Sri Lankan national who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and was on a terror watch list, entered a shopping mall on the outskirts of Auckland, grabbed a display knife and stabbed him, Arden said. Went on a rampage.
He said six people were injured, three in critical condition, and opened fire within 60 seconds of the attack before police were monitoring them.
“What happened today was disgusting, it was disgusting, it was wrong,” he said.
Asked about the man’s motives, he said: “It was inspired by a violent ideology and ISIS.”
Ardern said she is limited to what she can say publicly, who has been under surveillance since 2016, because she was the subject of court pressure orders.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coaster said authorities believe the man is working alone and there is no further threat to the community.
New Zealand’s worst terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques took place in March 2019, when a white gunman killed 51 Muslim worshipers and seriously injured 40 others.