At least six people were injured following an “ISIS-inspired” knife attack that occurred in a shopping centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
The attacker, a Sri Lankan national, was shot dead by police within one minute of the attack.
The incident occurred at the Countdown supermarket in LynnMall shopping centre just after 2:30pm local time.
According to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the attacker was a “known violent extremist” and a supporter of ISIS ideology.
It’s understood that the attacker was a “person of interest” for the past five years.
One witness stated that the attacker entered the supermarket before pulling out a large knife and “running around like a lunatic” while stabbing people.
Police believe that the man was acting alone and that there was no further threat to the public.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster stated, “We were doing absolutely everything possible to monitor him and indeed the fact that we were able to intervene so quickly, in roughly 60 seconds, shows just how closely we were watching him,”.
Ms. Ardern was asked if the attack was carried out in revenge for the 2019 mosque shootings, to which she said was currently not clear while adding, “It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith,”.