The ISIS inspired terrorist attacker who went on a knife rampage was watched for five years and jailed for three, before authorities exhausted all avenues to keep him detained, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Ahamed Samsudeen was only let free in July and had been under police surveillance ever since.
Yesterday, the Sri Lankan national stabbed seven people in a supermarket in Auckland, leaving three critically injured.
He was shot and killed immediately afterwards by armed Police who were trailing him.
Jacinda Ardern said that work was already underway to strengthen New Zealand’s terrorism suppression laws.
The attacker moved to New Zealand 10 years ago in 2011, and came to the attention of Police in 2016, when he expressed sympathy on social media for terrorist attacks.
Ardern said that changes to New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation are expected to be approved by Parliament before the end of the month.
“In late August, officials including the commissioner of police raised the possibility of expediting the amendments,” she said.