Auckland – ISIS attack in New Zealand: A man injured several people in a supermarket in the suburbs of Auckland, New Zealand.
The attacker was shot dead by security forces, the police said. At least six people were injured in the town of New Lynn, southwest of the city center, reported the broadcaster “Radio New Zealand”.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the incident as a terrorist attack. She said the Sri Lankan man was inspired by ISIS.
According to Ardern, three of the six injured were in mortal danger. “What happened today was despicable, hateful and wrong,” said the Prime Minister.
The attacker was a Sri Lankan man who had lived in New Zealand since 2011 and had been under official surveillance since 2016.
According to Police Commissioner Andrew Coster, he was said to have been a lone perpetrator. There is no further danger to the public.
According to eyewitnesses, the man is said to have stabbed people with a knife. Local residents reported panic and screaming to New Zealand media.
The police, who were in action with a large contingent and a helicopter, cordoned off a large area around the LynnMall shopping center.