Statements recorded from relatives of New Zealand attacker- CID


The Sri Lanka Police in a statement has announced that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has was recording statements from close relatives of the Sri Lankan national who is said to be involved in the New Zealand terror attack yesterday, an attack that took place at an Auckland supermarket .

According to the preliminary investigations done in New Zealand, the attacker had left Sri Lanka in 2011 as a student. Attacker injured six people in a New Zealand supermarket knife attack yesterday, before being shot dead by police officers who had him under round-the-clock surveillance, according to New Zealand media reports.

According to New Zealand Media Harald this morning, it said that the Islamic State supporter who stabbed at least five shoppers in an Auckland supermarket before being shot dead can now be identified.

The Harald identified the attacker as Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, a 32-year-old born in Sri Lanka who came to New Zealand in October 2011 and was granted refugee status two years later.

The NZ Herald reveal that immigration officials had sought to revoke his refugee status in 2018, but he appealed and a final decision had yet to be made on whether he could be deported.

His claim to asylum was supported by psychologist’s report which said Samsudeen presented as a “highly distressed and damaged young man” suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.