New Zealand PM Ardern says supermarket stabbing was 'terrorist attack'

The attack took place at the Countdown supermarket at LynnMall in the district of New Lynn on Friday afternoon.

New Zealand PM Ardern says supermarket stabbing was 'terrorist attack'
Supermarket stabbing

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.

The man, who has not been identified, was a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, Ms Ardern said.

Police killed the man within 60 seconds of the attack on Friday.

"What happened today was despicable, it was hateful it was wrong," Ms Ardern said in a news conference. "It was carried out by an individual, not a faith."

Of the six wounded people, three are in a critical condition and one is in a serious condition, health officials say.

"The hospital staff are doing everything they can to preserve their lives," the mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff, told the BBC.

"We're all horrified by what's happened. But... justice came pretty swiftly for the offender," he added.