| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

New Zealand police kill attacker who wounded at least five at mall

On Friday, police in Auckland, New Zealand, shot and killed a man after he stabbed and injured at least five people in a supermarket in a shopping mall.

In a statement, police added, “Police can confirm that a man entered a New Lynn supermarket and harmed many individuals.”

“The man has been apprehended by police and shot. He passed away on the spot “Police stated the situation was still unfolding and that more information would be released as soon as it became available.

Police did not say if they believed there was more than one attacker. Nor did they suggest a motive for the attack.

An emergency service said it sent five ambulances and three rapid response units to the scene.

Of the five wounded people, three were in critical condition, one in serious condition and another in moderate condition, the St John ambulance service said in a statement to Reuters.

Witnesses told reporters outside the mall they had seen several people lying on the floor with stab wounds. Other said they heard gunshots as they ran out of the supermarket.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is being briefed on the situation, a spokeswoman said.

She and Police Commissioner Andrew Coster are due to address the media at 0515 GMT.

Videos posted online showed panicked shoppers running out of the mall and looking for cover as the situation unfolded.

New Zealand has been on alert for attacks since a white supremacist gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15, 2019.

In May, four people were stabbed in a supermarket in Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island.

  • Reuters