WELLINGTON: An attacker impressed by Daesh stabbed six individuals at a New Zealand grocery store on Friday earlier than police who had the person below surveillance shot him lifeless, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern mentioned.
Ardern mentioned the person, a Sri Lankan nationwide who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and was on a terror watchlist, entered a shopping center in suburban Auckland, seized a knife from a show and went on a stabbing spree.
She mentioned six individuals had been wounded, three critically, earlier than police who had been monitoring him opened hearth inside 60 seconds of the assault beginning.
“What occurred as we speak was despicable, it was hateful, it was improper,” she mentioned, including it was not consultant of any religion or neighborhood.
Requested concerning the man’s motivations, she mentioned: “it was a violent ideology and Daesh-inspired”.
Ardern mentioned she was restricted in what she might say publicly concerning the man, who had been below surveillance since 2016, as a result of he was the topic of court docket suppression orders.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster mentioned authorities had been assured the person was performing alone and there was no additional hazard to the neighborhood.
New Zealand’s worst terror assault was the Christchurch mosques shootings in March 2019, when a white supremacist gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers and severely wounded one other 40.