A man has injured six people in a stabbing attack at a New Zealand shopping mall in what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called a terror attack.
The attack occurred on Friday afternoon in the country's largest city of Auckland.
Security authorities say the man was shot dead by police immediately after the stabbings, and that three of the victims are seriously injured.
Ardern told reporters that the attacker was a Sri Lankan national who was inspired by Islamic State militants.
She said the man immigrated to New Zealand 10 years ago and had been under surveillance for the last five years due to his extremism.
Ardern said, "what happened today was despicable, it was hateful, it was wrong."
In March 2019, a white supremacist gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand's southern city of Christchurch.