Five stabbed in New Zealand knife attack, terror link ruled out

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images
  • Three people were left critically injured after an attacker stabbed five people in a New Zealand supermarket on Monday.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it appeared the rampage was not terror related and police have taken a man into custody.
  • Ardern also said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the attack.


    A knife-wielding attacker stabbed five people in a New Zealand supermarket on Monday, critically injuring three, but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it appeared the rampage was not terror related.

    Police said the attack - highly unusual in the normally peaceful South Pacific nation - occurred at a Countdown supermarket in central Dunedin at 14:30 and a man had been taken into custody.

    Witnesses told local media a man carrying two knives stabbed staff in the supermarket and bystanders who tried to stop him were also injured.

    The most recent mass-casualty attack in New Zealand was the Christchurch mosques shootings in March 2019, when a white supremacist gunman murdered 51 Muslim worshippers and severely injured another 40.

    Ardern said the first question she asked police was whether the Dunedin attack had national security implications but they assured her it did not.

    She told reporters:

    At this stage, there's nothing to suggest from the police's perspective that this is what they would define as a domestic terror event.

    Ardern also said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the attack.

    "I want to acknowledge early reports of bystanders who have taken action in order to protect those around them... these are courageous acts and we are thinking of the families," she said.

    Countdown's managing director Spencer Sonn said everyone at the supermarket chain was "shocked and devastated" by the attack.

    New Zealand introduced tough gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch attack to limit access to firearms.


    Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

    We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
    In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
    Subscribe to News24
    Lockdown For
    DAYS
    HRS
    MINS
    Rand - Dollar
    15.43
    -0.3%
    Rand - Pound
    20.98
    +0.0%
    Rand - Euro
    17.54
    +0.0%
    Rand - Aus dollar
    11.08
    +0.1%
    Rand - Yen
    0.13
    -0.3%
    Gold
    1,807.74
    -0.6%
    Silver
    22.86
    -0.7%
    Palladium
    1,904.00
    +1.4%
    Platinum
    970.00
    -0.7%
    Brent Crude
    86.48
    +0.5%
    Top 40
    68,216
    -1.0%
    All Share
    74,883
    -0.9%
    Resource 10
    74,376
    -0.4%
    Industrial 25
    94,275
    -1.4%
    Financial 15
    15,318
    -1.2%
    All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
    Editorial feedback and complaints

    Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

    LEARN MORE