A general manager of the Countdown supermarket chain said he also plans to sell such items in the future.
“Last night we made the decision to temporarily remove all knives and scissors from our shelves while we consider whether we should continue to sell them,” Kiri Hannifin, Countdown chief security officer, said in a statement on Saturday. .
“It is by no means a reflection on our customers, but an act of support for our team. We want our whole team to feel safe when they come to work, especially given the events of yesterday, ”he said.
Reuters noted, citing local reports, that sharp knives had also been removed from the shelves of other supermarkets.
A Sri Lankan national who was previously known to New Zealand security forces walked into a Countdown supermarket store on Friday where he attacked several customers and stabbed them, witnesses said.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that the attacker “was a supporter of the ideology of the Islamic State”.
Officials said on Friday that six people were injured in the attack and three were taken to hospital in critical condition. One person was in serious condition and two others in moderate condition.
The man, who has not yet been identified, was shot within one minute of the attack, Ardern said. She called him a “violent extremist” and called the incident a “terrorist attack”.
“It was achieved by an individual – not a faith, not a culture, not an ethnicity, but an individual person who is gripped by an ideology that is not supported here by anyone or any community. He alone bears the responsibility for these acts; let this be where judgment falls, ”Ardern said.
In 2019, a white supremacist shot dead 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch. The incident was called terrorism by Ardern following the deadly attack, which also injured 40 other people, according to the Washington Post.