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New Zealand Authorities Reveal Identity of Auckland Mall Terror Suspect Who Injured Seven

© AFP 2022 / MARIKA KHABZIThis handout image taken and received by Radio New Zealand on September 3, 2021 shows a general view of a shopping mall housing a supermarket in Auckland where an Islamic State-inspired attacker injured six people
This handout image taken and received by Radio New Zealand on September 3, 2021 shows a general view of a shopping mall housing a supermarket in Auckland where an Islamic State-inspired attacker injured six people - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.09.2021
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On 3 September, a man stabbed seven people, three of whom critically, at a Countdown supermarket in Auckland. The attack was described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as an act of terrorism.
New Zealand officials have confirmed that 32-year-old Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen was the attacker who went on a stabbing spree at an Auckland supermarket. 
Police respond to the scene of an attack carried out by a man shot dead by police after he injured multiple people at a shopping mall in Auckland, New Zealand, September 3, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.09.2021
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He arrived in New Zealand from Sri Lanka ten years ago on a student visa. Police first noticed him in 2016 when he started posting support for terror attacks and extremism on Facebook. In 2017, police arrested him at an airport as he was heading for Syria presumably to join Daesh*. He was searched, and police found a hunting knife and some banned propaganda leaflets with him.
He was later released on bail but in 2018 police found another knife and extremist materials with him and Samsudeen was sentenced to three years in jail on several counts of possessing extremist videos and for breaching bail conditions. 
On Friday, Samsudeen went to a supermarket in Auckland where he shouted "Allahu Akbar", which means "God is Great" and began stabbing random shoppers, causing panic among the visitors. He injured seven people before he was shot dead by police. As of 4 September, three of the victims remained hospitalised in critical condition and three more were in stable or moderate conditions. The seventh person has been recovering at home, authorities said. 
*Daesh (IS/ISIS/ISIL) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia.
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