A violent extremist who carried out an ‘ISIS inspired’ terror attack on a shopping mall, stabbing multiple people, has been shot dead by police.
Shoppers screamed in terror and fled for their lives out of the supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand, after several people were attacked by a man armed with a knife.
Three people are said to be in a critical condition in hospital, while one is in a serious condition and two in ‘moderate’ conditions.
In a press conference New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the attack was ‘ISIS inspired’ and was motivated by ‘violent ideology.’
She said: “It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith.”
She added that he had previously been under surveillance by police before the attack.
Speaking to local media one witness said there were scenes of ‘mass hysteria’ with people lying on the ground having suffered stab wounds.
Another witness said ‘people were panicking’ as police responders swarmed on the mall and rushed to the scene of the attack.
Michelle Miller, who was shopping as the chaos unfolded, said the attacker was ‘running around like a lunatic’ and described hearing screams.
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