“We want all of our team to feel safe when they come to work, especially considering the events of yesterday,” Countdown’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs Kiri Hannifin told the newspaper. The newspaper further reported that Countdown is even considering stopping the sale of all knives and scissors permanently. Foodstuffs NZ also retrieved their knives from sale. © REUTERS / SPAIN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE Could Auckland Stabbing Attack Have Been Inspired by West’s Botched Withdrawal From Afghanistan? On Friday, a man stabbed seven people, three of whom critically, at a Countdown supermarket in Auckland. The attack was described by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as an act of terrorism. The attacker was shot dead by police on-site and was identified as a Sri Lankan national who came to New Zealand in 2011. He was a person of national security interest since 2016 and was under constant monitoring.
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