New Zealand feared an extremist but found no way to stop him

Ahamed Aathil Samsudeen appears in the High Court in Auckland, New Zealand, on Aug. 7, 2018, after he was found possessing a series of images which depict extreme violence, cruelty, death and graphic war scenes. Samsudeen grabbed a kitchen knife from a store shelf and begins stabbing shoppers while chanting “Allahu akbar” — meaning “God is great” at a Countdown supermarket on Sept. 3, 2021 New Zealand feared the extremist but found no way to stop him. (Greg Bowker/New Zealand Herald via AP)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Immigration officers feared him. So, too, did prosecutors, prison officials and police. They thought he could launch a terror attack at any moment. Even the prime minister wanted him deported.