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At least four people were injured in a stab attack in a New Zealand supermarket on Monday, the authorities said.
Two employees of the Countdown Supermarket in Dunedin were among those injured by the alleged attacker, who was in custody, according to the Guardian.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a motive has yet to be determined but it does not appear to be an act of domestic terrorism.
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“From the point of view of the police, there is no evidence that this is what they would define as a domestic terrorist incident,” Ardern told reporters.
New Zealand Police Superintendent Paul Basham told reporters he believed the attack was accidental. He said police arrived to find out that the buyers had arrested the man believed to be responsible.
“This was a quick and extremely traumatic event for everyone in the supermarket – for the victims who were stabbed, for those who were there trying to intervene, and for those who had to flee to a safe place,” said Basham.
“Although we are satisfied that we have the responsible person under our care, we are at a very early stage in our investigation into the circumstances,” he added, according to the Guardian.
The victims are together with the alleged attacker, who is under police protection, in the hospital, reported Reuters.
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Countdown Supermarkets also posted a statement on Facebook saying it was “shocked and devastated by what happened at our Dunedin Central Store this afternoon”.
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“Our priority right now is that our injured team members take care of our wider team after this extremely traumatic event,” the statement added. “We are deeply upset that customers who tried to help our team members were also injured.”