Authorities have named Ahamed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen as the man who was shot dead by police after yesterday’s attack
This is the first picture of an ISIS-inspired extremist stabbing five people and injuring two others in an attack on a supermarket in New Zealand.
Authorities have named Ahamed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen as the man who was shot dead by police after yesterday’s attack.
Shoppers screamed in fear and fled for their lives from the Auckland supermarket after several people were attacked by a man armed with a knife.
Three people fought for their lives following the attack on the New Lynn shopping mall.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference that the attack was “IS inspired” and motivated by “violent ideology”.
Describing the attack as the acts of a ‘lone wolf’, she added, “It was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a belief.”
Samsudeen reportedly entered the country on a student visa from Sri Lanka in 2011.
He has been under investigation since 2016 when he published videos and pictures showing extreme violence in addition to extremist comments, reports Stuff.
Samsudeen had also published messages in support of other terrorists.
He was threatened with deportation in 2018 after the refugee status department announced that it would revoke his refugee status.
The 32-year-old was already being monitored around the clock and officials chasing him thought he had gone to a supermarket to shop when he suddenly launched an attack.
He pulled out a large knife and started “running around like a madman” stabbing people, shopper Michelle Miller said Things.
Officials shot the man dead within 60 seconds of the violent rampage, police said.
Ms. Ardern confirmed that the attacker had previously been monitored by the police and had been known to the authorities since 2016.
Ms. Ardern said he was “constantly monitored” and had been observed for about five years.
the New Zealand Herald reports that the man had previously been arrested for allegedly planning a “lone wolf” knife attack.
Although not officially identified, the attacker, known as “S”, is believed to be a 32-year-old man believed to be a public safety threat after buying two large hunting knives and owning Islamic State videos.
According to the newspaper, which posed Samsudeen with guns, it was only in May that he was convicted of possessing propaganda materials in support of the Islamic State.
He was reportedly acquitted of other charges of owning a video showing the beheading of a prisoner and possession of an assault weapon.
The trial was reportedly related to his sinister Internet search for videos describing how to make explosives, “lone wolves mujahideen,” a hunting knife, camouflage pants, ISIS robe, and New Zealand prison clothing and food.
During his trial, Samsudeen reportedly told the jury: “You are worried about a knife, I’m telling you I’m going to buy 10 knives. It’s about my rights.”
He was reportedly recently released from prison and under constant police surveillance.
The newspaper reports that it had drawn the authorities’ attention back in 2016 in repeated anti-Western and violent social media posts, including support for ISIS terrorist attacks in Europe.
Although he was formally warned by the police, he is said to have posted on Facebook that one day he should return to Sri Lanka and “find kiwi scraps”.