Sri Lankan Muslim behind attack on New Zealand shopping mall: Police

Colombo:  Sri Lankan police on Saturday named Ahmed Adil Mohamed Shamsuddin, a Tamil Muslim resident of Kathankudi town, considered a stronghold of local Islamist extremism in the Eastern Province, as the man who stabbed seven people at a New Zealand shopping mall. was injured. On Friday, 32-year-old Shamsuddin attacked shoppers at the Countdown supermarket in Linmall, West Auckland, injuring seven. Of these, 3 have been seriously injured.

Shamsuddin was killed two minutes after the attack

The Islamic State  -inspired extremist was under  New Zealand  police surveillance and was shot and killed by officers about two minutes after the attack began. Police said Shamsuddin, a resident of Kathankudi in the eastern district of Batticaloa, has been identified as the man who attacked the mall in Auckland. Kathankudi  is considered a stronghold of local Islamic fundamentalism. In Sri Lanka in 2019, more than 270 people, including 11 Indians, were killed in attacks on Easter Sunday. The strings of this attack were found related to Kathankudi.

The Sri
Lankan government, who had arrived in New Zealand from Sri Lanka on a student visa , then speculated that the Easter attack may have been in response to an attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, two months before that. Shamsuddin had arrived in New Zealand from Sri Lanka in 2011 on a student visa. According to the news of New Zealand’s news website ‘Stuff.co.New Zealand’,  Tamil Muslim  Shamsuddin had come to New Zealand to seek refugee status. She claimed that she and her father faced serious problems from the Sri Lankan authorities because of their political background, were attacked and kidnapped and tortured.

Seeking refugee status in New Zealand, Shamsuddin said that he and his father were also forced into hiding. Her request was accepted in New Zealand and she was granted refugee status on 20 December 2013. New Zealand police first began tracking him in March 2016 after he made comments advocating violent extremism, in addition to sharing videos and photos of the violence. He also made comments in support of terrorists involved in other attacks. In 2017, he was arrested at Auckland airport after he told a man in Auckland that he wanted to go to Syria to fight for Islamic State. He had got a Singapore ticket from him.

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