Countdown terror attack: Supermarket giant removes sharp knives from sale

Countdown has temporarily removed sharp knives and scissors from its shelves and is considering whether they would stop selling them permanently after yesterday’s horrific terror attack.

It comes as three people are fighting for their life after being brutally stabbed during the Isis-inspired terrorist attack at Countdown supermarket in New Lynn yesterday afternoon.

Another person was seriously injured and two others were rushed to hospital in a moderate condition. The 32-year-old attacker is dead.

Countdown’s General Manager of Corporate Affairs Kiri Hannifin said the supermarket chain had temporarily removed all knives and scissors from its shelves and would consider whether they would continue to sell them.

“This is in no way a reflection on our customers, but an act of support for our team.

“We want all of our team to feel safe when they come to work, especially considering the events of yesterday,”Hannifin said.

She said: “Our team is a family and when one of our stores is hurting, we all are.”

“We’re very grateful to our customers who have supported our decision to open a little later, and for all the messages of support we have received last night and today.”

Foodstuffs NZ head of corporate affairs , Antoinette Laird, said a safety review into whether Foodstuffs stores would remove sharp knives from sale was being considered.

Foodstuffs NZ owned the hundreds of New World and Pak’n Save stores across the country.

“Everyone deserves to be able to go to work and visit essential services like the supermarket safely,” Laird said.

“Our thoughts were with the Countdown team and customers injured and affected by the terrible event at Lynn Mall yesterday,” Laird said.

Photos taken by the Herald showed shelves cleared of knives and scissors at Countdown in Henderson.

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