The attacker had come to New Zealand from Sri Lanka. According to police, he was a supporter of the Islamic State terrorist group.

The attack, described as “terrorist” by the New Zealand authorities, took place in a supermarket in Auckland.

Prime Minister Jacinda Arden appeared immediately_”First of all my thoughts are with the six innocent people who were attacked, three I understand are seriously injured. It was a violent attack. It makes no sense and I am very sorry that it happened”.

According to official sources, the assailant killed by the police was under 24-hour surveillance.

They explained that, due to the tracking of the Islamist, they were able to shoot him within 60 seconds of the stabbings.


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