Posted on October 7, 2021

Knives Taken off Supermarket Shelves in New Zealand After Terrorist Attack

Caroline Vakil, The Hill, September 5, 2021

A New Zealand supermarket chain announced that it was temporarily removing all scissors and knives from its shelves following an attack that left several people injured at one of its stores on Friday.


“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’s general manager for safety, said in a statement on Saturday.


Reuters noted, citing local reports, that sharp knives had been taken off shelves at other supermarkets too.

On Friday, a Sri Lankan national who was previously known to security forces in New Zealand entered a Countdown supermarket, going after several customers and stabbing them, witnesses said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern noted that the attacker “was a supporter of ISIS ideology.”