New Zealand apparent terrorist attack

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03 Sep 2021, 8:54 am

ISIS supporter shot dead by New Zealand police after shoppers stabbed in 'terrorist attack'

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New Zealand police have shot and killed an ISIS supporter who injured at least six people in a supermarket "terrorist attack" in the Auckland suburb of New Lynn on Friday, authorities say.

"This afternoon at approximately 2:40 p.m., a violent extremist undertook a terrorist attack," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in a news conference Friday afternoon. "This was a violent attack, it was senseless, and I am so sorry it happened."

Ardern added that the man was a Sri Lankan national, a "supporter of ISIS ideology," and a "known security threat." He was under constant surveillance by multiple government agencies, and security personnel were able to shoot and kill him within 60 seconds from the start of the attack, she said.

The attacker obtained a knife within the store and used it to stab shoppers before police shot him, said New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster, who described him as a lone actor. The man died at the scene.

The attacker came to New Zealand in 2011 and became a person of interest in October 2016, authorities said.

Ardern did not publicly share the man's identity, saying he had faced court in the past and suppression orders prevented officials from releasing certain information about him.
The Prime Minister added that she had been "personally aware" of him before the attack, and authorities were monitoring him because they could not keep him in prison.


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03 Sep 2021, 10:12 pm

Things must be returning to normal now that ISIS is attacking women and kids in shopping centres again.



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03 Sep 2021, 10:32 pm

It's very sad, and might lead to changes in the way that terrorist sympathisers (and not just terrorists themselves) are handled by the legal system. Already, major supermarkets are withdrawing sharp knives from their shelves in NZ.


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03 Sep 2021, 11:12 pm

COVID is providing opportunities for our old enemies to creep back like in Afghanistan.