Authorities on Saturday identified the ISIS-sympathizing terrorist who stabbed at least five people in a New Zealand supermarket as a Kiwi-hating 32-year old refugee who reportedly listened to songs about “drinking the blood of disbelievers” — and was under 24/7 police surveillance at the time of his rampage.
Sri Lanka born Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen arrived in the island nation in 2011 and was granted refugee status 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 “highly distressed and damaged young man” by a psychologist who examined him while investigating his claims for asylum, the Canterbury Star News reported.
At some point, he is believed to have been radicalized by online ISIS propaganda, and ranted online about his hatred for his adopted country and posted support for ISIS bombings –landing him on a terror watch list in 2016.
“One day I will go back to my country and I will find kiwi scums in my country … and I will show them … what will happen when you mess with S while I’m in their country. If you’re tough in your country … we are tougher in our country scums #payback,” Samsudeen, once wrote on Facebook, The Sun reported.
In 2017, he was busted a year later at Auckland International Airport on the suspicion he was going to Syria to further his extremist views or training, the Herald reported.
At his Queen Street apartment, police discovered a disturbing trove of violent material including including two dozen photos of him clutching a long-barreled air rifle with a telescopic lens and songs that were about “drinking the blood of disbelievers,” The Sun reported.
At the time, prosecutors tried to charge him with planning a terror attack — but he avoid prison by pleading down to lesser charges, including the possession of “restricted” materials, the outlet reported.
immigration officials began the process of booting him from the country in 2018, and his case was still pending when went on his supermarket rampage.
And he was under around the clock police surveillance when he carried out his sick Friday attack in the New Lynn Countdown in Auckland, the Herald reported.
“He entered the store, as he had done before. He obtained a knife from within the store,” Police Commissioner Coster said. “Surveillance teams were as close as they possibly could be to monitor his activity.”
Special Tactics Group officers fatally shot him within 60 seconds, but not before he had stabbed at least five people. Five of his six victims had stab wounds, and three are in critical condition.
“We have utilized every legal and surveillance power available to us to keep people safe from this individual,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern — who has not yet explained why one of the most dangerous extremist’s in her country was not deported.
The High Court’s decision to name him runs contrary to New Zealand law, which protects those claiming refugee status from being identified. The court in this case cited significant public interest in the case, according to the Herald.