The New Zealand Prime Minister did not want to reveal the name of the now confirmed attacker. Here’s why

The New Zealand Prime Minister did not want to reveal the name of the now confirmed attacker. Here’s why

New Zealand officials confirmed the name of the assailant on Saturday who stabbed seven people in an Auckland supermarket before being shot dead by police. Officials said Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, 32, was the Islamic State-inspired extremist killed by police on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

Samsudeen was 22 when he arrived in New Zealand in 2011 on a student visa. Police noticed this in 2016 when Samsudeen expressed sympathy for the terrorist attacks and advocated violent extremism on Facebook. His online activity related to extremist stuff continued even after the police spoke to him twice.

Samsudeen was finally arrested in May 2017 at Auckland International Airport as police believed he was on his way to Syria. He was charged with possession of restricted publications, which he pleaded guilty to. On bail, he bought a knife and was arrested again.

The assailant spent months in jail, but police were unable to keep her there any longer because she did not lay an additional charge under the Knife’s Suppression of Terrorism Act and online publications. They had to release Samsudeen in mid-July of this year, but continued to follow his every move.

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Undercover agents sprang into action as the assailant stabbed himself in an Auckland supermarket. They shot Samsudeen minutes after the attack started.

“As you can see, the agencies have used all the tools at their disposal to protect innocent people against this individual,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at a press conference on Saturday.

“But we owe everyone that other people also look at the facts of this case, analyze them, see what has been done and what more could have been done. “

Ardern had previously confirmed that five of the stabbing victims were in a hospital, three of which were in critical condition. Although Ardern said she could provide details of the perpetrator’s criminal history, she did not disclose his name.

“I am also not in a position to share his name, but I would like to note that it is not something that I intended to share regardless of the court ruling. No terrorist, living or dead, deserves his name to be shared for the infamy he sought ”, declared the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

(With contributions from agencies)


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