New Zealand police killed a man who was said to have injured several others during an attack at an Auckland mall in the early afternoon on Friday. A law enforcement statement said: "Police can confirm that a man has entered a New Lynn supermarket and injured multiple people."
The police confirmed the main suspect had been shot and killed. Emergency services said six people had been injured — three critically and one seriously. The other two patients were in moderate condition, according to the St. John ambulance service. Police deployed a helicopter and at least 10 vehicles at the mall, as well as closing off several nearby roads, local newspaper NZ Herald reported.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attacker was a Sri Lankan national and referred to him as a violent extremist known to the police and inspired by the so-called "Islamic State" terror group.
"What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith ... gripped by ideology not supported by anyone here," she added.
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