New Zealand terror attack: Government to toughen anti-terror laws

The Sri Lankan national was a known ISIS supporter, the country’s prime minister says.

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern will toughen anti-terror laws after Friday’s knife attack in Auckland by a man who was under police surveillance. The Sri Lankan national stabbed seven people in a supermarket. Three of them are still in a critical condition.

The attacker, a 32-year-old Tamil, who arrived in New Zealand in 2011 and sought refugee status, was a known supporter of Islamic State.

Ms Ardern described the stabbings as a “terrorist attack”, said she expected that changes to the country’s counter-terrorism legislation would be backed by parliament by the end of September.

“What happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong. It was carried out by an individual, not a faith.” 

— Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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