AN ISIS-supporting terrorist who stabbed five people at a supermarket in New Zealand has finally been named after a gagging order protecting his identity was lifted.
Ahamed Aathil Mohamed Samsudeen, 32, from Sri Lanka, has been revealed as the vicious knifeman who attacked seven people at the Countdown supermarket in New Lynn, Auckland.
The jihadi's identity had been protected by New Zealand's strict privacy laws.
But his family failed to seek a "suppression order" to protect his name and picture before the 24 hour deadline expired at 9pm local time.
Samsudeen has been revealed to have been considered one of the small nation's potentially most dangerous extremists.
He had been on a terror watch list since 2016, had in recent weeks been under survllience 24/7, and was facing deportation.
The twisted terrorist had previously raged online about "Kiwi scum" and had been possession of ISIS propaganda, including songs about drinking the blood of non-believers.
Questions are now being asked as to how he was allowed to carry out the attack which saw him roam the supermarket aisles with a knife – hunting for victims who he stabbed in the stomach and neck.
The New Zealand terrorist was eventually shot by police who stormed the shopping centre as horrified shoppers fled.
Samsudeen moved to the New Zealand in October 2011, was granted refugee status two years later, and was later handed terror-related convictions.
New Zealand authorities had been discussing revoking his status as a refugee since 2018 – but tragically no decision had was made before he carried out the attack.
Samsudeen had claimed he and his father were attacked, kidnapped and tortured because of their political background and their status as Tamils, a minority group who have been persecuted in Sri Lanka.
This was a violent attack on innocent New Zealanders. It was senseless
He was granted asylum as authorities saw his body was scarred and a psychologist said he was suffering both depression and PTSD.
The terrorist is believed to have become radicalized by being exposed to ISIS propaganda online.
"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," he wrote on Facebook.
He also told a fellow worshipper at a mosque he planned to join ISIS in Syria.
And he also threatened that if he were stopped from leaving, he would commit a random "lone wolf" style knife attack in New Zealand.
He was arrested in 2017 at Auckland International Airport after booking a one-way ticket to Singapore.
Cops who searched his apartment found various videos and songs praising ISIS along with images of sadistic violence.
They also found 24 images of him posing with a long barreled sniper-style air rifle and a hunting knife hidden under his bed.
Prosecutors originally tried to charge him with plotting a terror attack – but instead he was allowed to walk free after pleading guilty to more minor charges.
Samsudeen had even boasted to the court he would buy "ten knives" as he defended his right to own the weapon.
He claimed the material in his possession was simply due to him researching his religion.
But amongst the songs he had in his possession included chants about "drinking from the blood of disbelievers" and beheading victims.
Videos also showed black-clad ISIS fighters pledging to bring "horror everywhere" as they posed in front of images of a city on fire.
Samsudeen however simply compared this to the classic Maori war cry of the Haka.
'YOU WILL BE PUNISHED'
"You guys put me in prison cause I'm a Muslim and you don't like my religion, that makes you an enemy. Allah says you will be punished," the deranged jihadi raged during his trial.
Police were keeping close tabs on him as he was considered "extremely dangerous" and "very likely to carry out an attack".
However, the 24-hour surveillance team who had been tracking him for 53 days did not follow him into the supermarket as they feared the "highly paranoid" attacker may spot them.
Covid restrictions in New Zealand also mean only a limited number of people are allowed inside shops – so there was an increase risk of Samsudeen identifying the cops.
Instead – the terrorist was allowed to roam for 10 minutes inside the store, before grabbing a kitchen knife and going on a 90-second rampage.
Five people were stabbed and two others injuries as Samsudeen lashed out while shouting "Allah, Allah".
The victims are made up of four women aged 29, 43, 60 and 66, and three men aged 53, 57 and 77.
Cops shot the terrorist dead within 60 seconds of hearing shouts and seeing people fleeing for their lives from the store.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was "gutted" he was able to carry out the attack despite being tracked by police.
And meanwhile, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said the attacker was either "very clever" or "opportunistic" to have picked that moment to carry out his assault.
Fears have been looming of terror attacks on Western nations following the chaos in Afghanistan which saw the Taliban seize power in what has been described as the "greatest jihadist victory of all time".
Prime Minister Ardern said: "This was a violent attack on innocent New Zealanders. It was senseless.
She added: "At the time of the terrorist attack, the offenders attempt to overturn the deportation decision was still ongoing.
"Since 2018 Ministers have been seeking advice on our ability to deport this individual."
New Zealand is now facing calls to reform its laws on terror suspects and deportation.
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