Supermarket Stabbing in New Zealand Injures 4

Four people have been injured, three of them were in critical condition, after a stabbing attack at a New Zealand supermarket on Monday afternoon.

Two supermarket staff members were among those injured.

According to the police, the suspect had been arrested and taken into custody after the incident at a Countdown supermarket that happened at 2:30 pm.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the motive was not clear but according to the police, there was no indication that it was a domestic terror event.

She also acknowledged the early reports of “courageous acts” by bystanders.

“Needless to say that such an attack is hugely concerning, and I do want to acknowledge the really early reports of courageous acts by bystanders who have taken action in order to protect those around them,” Ardern said. 

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this attack,” the Prime Minister added.

Police district commander Paul Basham meanwhile described the incident as a “random attack.”

He said it was “nothing short of heroic” that shoppers and staff had stopped the attacker.


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