Six people have been injured this Friday by the knife attack of a suspected terrorist, later shot dead by the police, in a supermarket in the New Zealand city of Auckland, according to official sources. “This afternoon at about 2:40 pm (local time) a violent extremist carried out a terrorist attack against innocent New Zealanders,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference in Wellington, noting that the ” extremist “was known to the authorities of his country.
Ardern explained that the 32-year-old alleged terrorist “obviously supported the ideology of the Islamic State” and noted that he had migrated from Sri Lanka to New Zealand 11 years ago and became a person of interest in 2016 for his extremist leanings. . The president has also detailed that this attack resulted in six wounded, of which three would be in critical condition.
Before the Prime Minister’s intervention, the New Zealand Police reported that they had shot and killed a man who was allegedly the author of a knife attack in a supermarket in the west of Auckland city.
The New Zealand Police confirmed in a statement that the attacker died as a result of the shots inside the supermarket in Auckland, a city that is confined by an outbreak with the delta variant of covid-19.
Last June, the New Zealand Police reported that they thwarted two plans to attack in 2019 in their country, one before and another after the supremacist attack perpetrated on March 15 of that year against two mosques in the city of Christchurch, which left 51 dead.
The perpetrator of this attack, Australian Brenton Tarrant, was sentenced in August 2020 to life in prison without bail on 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of terrorism.