Baku, September 3, AZERTAC
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the violent attack that happened at New Lynn supermarket in Auckland at 2:40 p.m. local time Friday was a "terrorist attack" carried out by an "extremist," according to Xinhua.
The man was shot dead by police at the scene after injuring multiple people at a supermarket Countdown in Auckland's New Lynn. Ambulance service St Johns spokesperson said at least six people were injured, including three in critical conditions.
"A violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders at a New Lynn Countdown in Auckland," Ardern told a press conference in Wellington.
"This was a violent attack. It was senseless and I'm sorry it happened," said the prime minister, adding that the police shot the offender within roughly a minute of the attack happening.
The attacker is a Sri Lankan national who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and has been closely monitored by the New Zealand Police from 2016 for his ISIS ideology, she said.
However, it is unknown whether this man is a New Zealand citizen.
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