Authorities on Saturday identified the ISIS-sympathetic terrorist who stabbed at least five people in a New Zealand supermarket as a 32-year-old Kiwi-hating refugee who allegedly listened to songs about ‘drinking the blood of disbelievers’ – and was under 24/7. police surveillance after being released from prison two months before his rampage.
Born in Sri Lanka, Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen arrived in the island nation in 2011 and was granted refugee status for two years as a member of the Tamils, a minority group persecuted in Sri Lanka, according to the New Zealand Herald.
He was described as a “very distressed and injured young man” by a psychologist who examined him while he investigated his asylum claims, the Canterbury Star News reported.
Officials believe he was radicalized by ISIS’s online propaganda and spoke out online about his hatred for his adopted country, while showing his support for ISIS, which placed him on a terrorism watch list in 2016.
“Someday I will return to my country and find kiwi scum in my countryâ¦ and I will show themâ¦ what will happen when you play with S while I am in their country.” If you’re tough in your countryâ¦ we’re tougher in our country you scum #payback, âSamsudeen wrote on Facebook, The Sun reported.
Samsudeen has had several run-ins with the law, most notably in 2017, when he was arrested at Auckland International Airport after booking a one-way ticket to Singapore on suspicion that he was traveling to Syria to further his opinions or his opinion. extremist training, reported the Herald.
In his Queen Street apartment, police discovered a disturbing troop of violent material, including two dozen photos of him holding a long-barreled air rifle with a telescopic lens and songs that spoke of “drinking the blood of disbelievers. The Sun reported.
Prosecutors initially accused him of organizing a “lone wolf” terrorist attack, the the BBC reported.
He was denied bail because of the risk he posed and spent a year in prison, before being released after pleading for less serious charges, including possession of “restricted” documents.
He was arrested again in 2018 for buying a knife while on bail, and was slapped on new charges when cops found it, after authorities found more extremist material in his home. He remained locked up until July.
Since his release he has been under 24-hour police surveillance – sometimes with as many as 30 policemen chasing him, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
Meanwhile, immigration officials began the process of starting Samsudeen in 2018, and his case was still pending when he carried out his Friday attack in the New Lynn Countdown in Auckland.
âHe walked into the store, as he had done before. He got a knife in the store, âPolice Commissioner Coster said. âThe surveillance teams were as close as possible to monitor his activity. “
Officers from the Special Tactics Group shot him within 60 seconds, but not before he stabbed at least five people. Five of his six victims were stabbed wounds and three are in critical condition.
“We have used all the legal and supervisory powers at our disposal to protect people from this individual,” said Ardern – who has yet to explain why one of his country’s most dangerous extremists has failed been expelled.
The High Court’s decision to appoint him runs counter to New Zealand law, which protects those claiming refugee status from being identified. The court in that case cited significant public interest in the case, according to the Herald.