Saturday, December 4

Man hunted by LynnMall terrorist says Kiwis stood up for ‘what’s right’


Ross Tomlinson was one of three people who tried to stop terrorist Ahamed Aathill Mohamed Samsudeen at the New Lynn supermarket.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 4: Lynmall Countdown armed police guard the morning after an alleged terrorist attack on September 4, 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.

LynnMall Countdown Armed Police Guard.
Photo: Getty Images 2021

He was shopping there on Friday afternoon when he heard that people had been stabbed.

Tomlinson, a 10-year-old paramedic, said Morning report ran into commotion.

“There was a lady lying on the ground with quite serious stab wounds and when I approached her, the terrorist was on one of the islands, quite close to her, still walking around that area in general.”

He said there were three or four of them “yelling at him and instructing him to drop the knife.”

Being involved was pretty impressive, he said.

“I’ve had some kind of emergency training to deal with emergencies, but those people didn’t have that.

“So it’s really impressive to see normal Kiwis reaching out to people who have a crazy ideology, and an ideology that we don’t support in New Zealand, to stand up for people who are hurt and help them.”

“In saying that, humanity was the main message: Kiwis stand up for what is right.

“Although a single person wanted to cause terror and take people’s lives, he was not successful in that.

“People still go to supermarkets and people still hang out. It just shows its Kiwi spirit, I guess, which is really impressive and nice to see.”

Tomlinson said three of them kept approaching the man, while maintaining a safe distance, “just trying to distract him so he doesn’t hurt people.”

She said that her lullabies shop at that supermarket, so when she saw the old woman being attacked, she said: “I probably got too close than I should have and I yelled at her for her chant that caught her attention, [then] he was coming for me. “

But he said that fortunately the police arrived on time.

“As I was backing up, the terrorist was approaching me and we were towards the end of the islands next to the boxes at that point and two armed policemen in plain clothes ran towards me and passed me and stood in front of me and yelled at the people behind the terrorists to back off … then he ordered the terrorist to drop the knife, at which point he ran towards them and was a couple feet from them with the knife before they shot him, but they saved my life.

“I think I infuriated him with some of the things I said to him and he was reaching out to me so that he couldn’t praise them. [police] enough.”

Tom said his training as a paramedic was helpful.

“We quickly assessed the terrorist and he passed away pretty quickly. We assessed him and went to help the other people.”

He said he took a pair of scissors and a box of diapers to help women who were bleeding from stab wounds. “They were quite graphic wounds that even surprised me.”

Countdown support staff across New Zealand

Trauma psychologists have met with Countdown staff who were working when the attack occurred at their supermarket.

Countdown spokesperson Kiri Hannifin said Morning report Staff were stunned, shocked and shocked by the events of Friday afternoon.

She said the support was available to anyone on Countdown in need.

“On Saturday and the entire team that was working on Friday we arrived at our neighboring store in Kelston.

“We had eight trauma psychologists working with that whole team, but we also called them on Friday night and yesterday as well. So there’s all that intensive support.”

She said support was also offered to staff at Dunedin Countdown, where a man stabbed into a rampage in May.

The knives have been removed from the shelves at this time, but Hannifin wasn’t sure if they would return.

Horrified Sri Lankan public

The terrorist’s mother has said that her son was not dangerous while living in Sri Lanka, but was radicalized by Syrian neighbors.

He spoke to a local television station in Batticaloa, on the east coast of the country.

Sri Lanka Daily Express Weekend Express editor-in-chief Hana Ibrahim said Morning report the news of the terrorist attack had horrified the country.

He said some organizations were likely to use the attack to fuel religious persecution against the Muslim community, which is a minority in Sri Lanka.

“It was the main story in almost every newspaper on Friday.

“There have been follow-ups because immediately after that the Muslim community … 22 organizations issued a joint statement fully condemning the attack and also endorsing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that it has nothing to do with religion, nothing to do with culture, it is a person who has carried out these violent attacks. “

He said that people were horrified by the news and that “the name of Sri Lanka has been dragged through the mud with this single act of violence.”


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