New Zealand authorities call Auckland supermarket attack a terrorist attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called an attack on a supermarket on the outskirts of Auckland, which injured six people, a terrorist attack. She made this statement Friday, Sept. 3, at a news conference in Wellington.

“An extremist carried out a terrorist attack in Auckland this afternoon. <...>. It was a brutal attack, it was senseless to innocent New Zealanders,” Ardern said. Her remarks were broadcast on the New Zealand Herald’s website.

The prime minister confirmed that six people had been seriously injured in the attack and were hospitalized. The attacker, who had previously been under surveillance by law enforcement, was eliminated. Ardern added that the man was inspired by the ideology of the terrorist organization IS.

According to Ardern, the attacker was a Sri Lankan national who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and came under surveillance by authorities in 2016.

Earlier in the day, an armed man entered a Countdown supermarket in the New Lynn suburb of Auckland and wounded several people. The man was located by police officers and was shot and killed at the scene. According to some reports, the assailant had a firearm in addition to the knife.