Four people were slightly injured in a knife attack in North Auckland on Thursday.It led to the arrest of the attacker in New Zealand’s most crowded, “random” incident.
“It was not a planned event, it was a random attack”Inspector Naila Hassan said at a press conference by local media on Thursday, without providing further information or the cause of the incident.
Police chief explained The unidentified attacker is a local He stabbed bystanders shortly before noon as he passed through Murrays Bay, about 18 kilometers north of Auckland.
According to witnesses quoted by the New Zealand Herald newspaper, the attacker A man in his 20s carrying a 20-inch knife, caught by “five members of the public” in the neighboring Bay of Mairangi, who later turned it over to the authorities.
The event happened “extremely fast” Hassan said the police were “responding quickly, arresting the criminal and preventing further damage to our communities.”
New Zealand, a sleepy country with low crime data, has been the scene of two terrorist attacks since 2019.
A jihadist killed by police in September 2021 injured six in a knife attack at a supermarket in Auckland in an event that hastened the passage of a new anti-terrorism law.
Meanwhile, a white supremacist attack with high-powered weapons on two mosques in the city of Christchurch in March 2019 killed 51 and injured 40.
The perpetrator of this supremacist attack, Brenton Tarrant, of Australia, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, making him the first person in the ocean nation’s history to be tried for terrorism.