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Prime Minister and Police Commissioner announce terrorist attack

Prime Minister and Police Commissioner announce terrorist attack

Posted September 03, 2021
Emergency Services , Government

Media Release: Gold FM

The Prime Minister and Police Commissioner Andrew Coster have announced that a violent extremist who was a known threat to New Zealand and under heavy surveillance, with constant monitoring, took it upon himself to conduct a terrorist attack at 2.40 pm today.

Commissioner Coster told media the police monitoring team shot and killed the man within 60 seconds of the attack commencing at the New Lynn supermarket.

The Sri Lankan national obtained a knife from within the store and began his attack injuring six innocent shoppers – three of them seriously.

Two police tactical operators moved to apprehend the attacker and shot and killed him when he engaged them with the knife.

Police Commissioner Coster said he was satisfied staff did everything they could as quickly as possible.

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern told media the Sri Lankan national arrived in New Zealand in 2011. He was on a watch list because of his violent ideology but had not done anything that allowed for his arrest.

Every surveillance power was utilised to try to keep people safe and there will be multiple enquiries into this incident she said.

“This was an individual gripped by ideology not supported here,” Jacinda Adern said, describing the man as Isis inspired.

More details will be provided by the Government and Police as the investigation continues.