New Zealand terror LIVE: A guy rampages through an Auckland store, injuring six people.
NEW ZEALAND Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a “violent extremist” was shot and killed by police after he attacked consumers at an Auckland supermarket.
On Friday, the gunman shot and killed at least six people in the New Lynn supermarket before being apprehended by armed police officers.
Ms Ardern said the guy was murdered within 60 seconds of going on the rampage and that he was inspired by the militant organisation Islamic State.
She stated the attacker was a Sri Lankan national who had lived in New Zealand for ten years and had been a “person of interest” for around five years at a press conference.
“A violent extremist carried out a terrorist attack on innocent New Zealanders,” Ms Ardern said.
“This was a person who was known to our national security authorities, was a source of concern, and was continuously scrutinized.
“There aren’t many people who fit into this category.”
Ambulances and heavily armed cops are still on the site.
“The problem is now in the hands of the police, and we will continue to give them with our full assistance,” the mall said in a Facebook statement.
“Lynn Mall is currently closed, and we will provide an update as soon as we have additional information.”
Multiple agencies were aware of the “violent extremist” before to the attack.
Ms Ardern expressed her sadness after learning of the tragedy.
“What happened today was terrible, it was hateful, it was wrong,” the New Zealand Prime Minister continued. It was carried out by a single person, not by a religious organization.”
She also reaffirmed that the country’s security level will stay at medium.
Six people were hurt in an incident at an Auckland supermarket, according to the St John ambulance service.
Three people were in critical condition, one was in serious condition, and another was in moderate condition, according to the emergency services.