The New Zealand High Commission in Colombo has reassured the Sri Lankan Community in New Zealand of its support after six people were stabbed in Auckland by a Sri Lankan earlier today.
Police in New Zealand shot and killed a “violent extremist” after he stabbed and wounded at least six people in an Auckland supermarket.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the incident was a “terrorist attack” carried out by a Sri Lankan national who was under police surveillance.
Issuing a statement, the New Zealand High Commission in Colombo said it acknowledges, with sadness, the terrorist attack carried out in Auckland today adding thoughts are with those injured in, or otherwise affected by, the attacks at this very difficult time.
It added, As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has stated, the perpetrator alone bears responsibility for these acts. The attack was carried out by an individual, not a faith, ethnicity or culture.”
The High Commission also noted that the Sri Lankan community in New Zealand is, and will always be, an integral and treasured part of Kiwi society.