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Supermarket stabbing by Sri Lankan

NZ Govt to toughen anti-terror laws

5 September, 2021

AUCKLAND, Sept. 4 (BBC) - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has vowed to toughen anti-terror laws following Friday’s knife attack in Auckland by a man who was under police surveillance.

“We must be willing to make the changes that we know may not necessarily have changed history, but could change the future,” she told a news briefing.The man, a Sri Lankan national, stabbed seven people in a supermarket. Three of them are in a critical condition.

The attacker, a known supporter of Islamic State, was shot dead by police. Ms Ardern, who described the stabbings as a “Terrorist attack”, said she expected that changes to the country’s counter-terrorism legislation would be backed by Parliament by the end of September. The attacker had been arrested a number of times before Friday’s incident. But Ms Ardern said that every legal avenue to keep him out of the community had been exhausted.

It happened at the Countdown supermarket at Lynn Mall in the Auckland district of New Lynn on Friday afternoon.