Supermarket Chain in New Zealand Reportedly Takes Knives Off Shelves After Stabbing Attack
09:42 GMT 04.09.2021 (Updated: 11:10 GMT 04.09.2021)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Following Friday's terrorist attack in New Zealand's city of Auckland, supermarket giant Countdown has temporarily removed all knives and scissors from sale, the New Zealand Herald reported.
"We want all of our team to feel safe when they come to work, especially considering the events of yesterday," Countdown's General Manager of Corporate Affairs Kiri Hannifin told the newspaper.
The newspaper further reported that Countdown is even considering stopping the sale of all knives and scissors permanently. Foodstuffs NZ also retrieved their knives from sale.
New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the government was mulling the possibility to speed up amendments to the counter-terrorism legislation, which would allow police to arrest attackers on the day of the terrorist act.
"Within 48 hours of these discussions, the Minister of Justice contacted the Chair of the Select Committee with the intention of speeding that law change up. That was yesterday - the same day that the attack happened," Ardern told reporters.
3 September 2021, 18:45 GMT
On Friday, 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.
The attacker was shot dead by police on-site and was identified as a Sri Lankan national who came to New Zealand in 2011. He was a person of national security interest since 2016 and was under constant monitoring.