Four injured in New Zealand supermarket attack; Prime Minister Ardern rules out the possibility of a terrorist attack

Wellington: – Five people were injured in an attack by a psychopath at a supermarket in Dunedin city in New Zealand. Police have arrested the attacker, and he is being interrogated. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this attack could not be linked to a terror attack. Before this, in 2019, Christchurch in New Zealand had been rocked by an attack.   


The attack was launched at Countdown supermarket in Dunedin, a port city in southern New Zealand. The supermarket was crowded at this time. Initially, the attacker assaulted two employees of the supermarket with a knife. Some customers tried to stop and capture the attacker. The attacker assaulted them, too, with the knife. There was major chaos on the premises. The local police arrested the attacker in swift action.   

Five people have been injured in the attack, of which three are said to be critical. The attacker also has been admitted to the same hospital. The New Zealand police and the government have not revealed the identity of the attacker. The motive behind the attack also has not been published. The local police chief said that the investigation is at a very preliminary level. The police chief also expressed a possibility that the attack may have been carried out without a specific motive.   

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took cognisance of the attack and held discussions with the police officials. Prime Minister Ardern said that police had not found any evidence to link this attack to terrorist activity. Prime Minister Ardern praised the courage shown by the customers during the attack.   

Before this, there had been a major saboteur attack in 2019, in the city of Christchurch, in New Zealand. A local had entered a place of worship and started firing indiscriminately. Fifty-one people had been killed in this attack. Prime Minister Ardern had denounced the attack in strong words. 

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