Multiple injured in a rare stabbing incident at New Zealand supermarket

At least four people were injured in a rare stabbing incident at New Zealand supermarket.

The stabbing took place at a Countdown supermarket in central Dunedin on South Island in the afternoon.

One person has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the motivation behind the attack was not clear but that there was no indication it was a domestic terror event.

Incidents of mass violence are rare in New Zealand but the country saw the 2019 Christchurch shooting when a white supremacist killed more than 50 people at two mosques.

Local media reports say the injured are made of both supermarket employees and customers.

Several shoppers had reportedly tried to pin the attacker down.

Countdown Supermarket in a media statement said that it was “shocked and devastated by the events in our store”.

“Our priority right now is our injured team members and caring for our wider team in the wake of this extremely traumatic event,” it said.

“We are deeply upset that customers who tried to help our team members were also injured.”