New Zealand police have shot and killed an ISIS sympathizer from Sri Lanka who was already under surveillance after he stabbed and injured at least six people at LynnMall in Auckland.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed that the suspect had been living in New Zealand for 10 years and had been a “person of interest” for about five years.
“It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith. He alone carries the responsibility for these acts,” said Ardern.
Ardern added that the man was already detained before but was released due to insufficient evidence against him.
“We were doing absolutely everything possible to monitor him and indeed the fact that we were able to intervene so quickly, in roughly 60 seconds, shows just how closely we were watching him,” said NZ Police Commissioner Andrew Coster.
Coster reassured the public that the suspect was acting alone but did not disclose further details.
St John Ambulance Service told Reuters that three of the victims were in critical condition, one in serious condition while another was in moderate condition.
There were no details on the identities of the victims.
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