The New Zealand Police said Friday, they shot and killed a “violent extremist” after he entered a supermarket and stabbed and injured six shoppers.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a “terror attack.”
She said the man was a Sri Lankan national who was inspired by the Islamic State group. “he was well known to the nation’s security agencies and was being monitored around the clock because law forbids the man to be kept in prison.”
Ardern said that three of those who had been stabbed are in critical condition.
“This was a violent attack. It was senseless, and I am so sorry that it happened,” she added.
The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. at a Countdown supermarket in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.
Ardern said “because the man was under constant monitoring, a police surveillance team and a special tactics group were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds of the attack starting.”
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said they had concerns about the man’s ideology and kept very close tabs on him.
Coster said they followed him from his home to the supermarket on Friday.