The number of victims as a result of the terrorist attack in a supermarket in Auckland, New Zealand, which occurred on Friday, has increased to seven people. These data were announced on Saturday by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern.

According to her, three injured people are in critical condition in the hospital. “The rest have undergone a course of treatment and are now recovering at home,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by TASS. Earlier it was reported about six victims.

Ardern also said that the man who attacked with a knife was released from prison in July, where he spent three years for an attempted armed attack on law enforcement officers. At the same time, he was monitored around the clock, agreed personally by the Prime Minister of the country. “We used all available tools to protect against this person, all legal ways,” she said.

Earlier, Ardern stated that the attacker was a well-known member of ISIS (a terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation). He was killed by the police during the arrest. The authorities called the attack that occurred on Saturday a terrorist act.