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Auckland terrorist's mother believes he was radicalised by neighbours

Ismail Fareeda, the mother of the Auckland supermarket terrorist Aathil Samsudeen, believes her son was radicalised by his neighbours while living in New Zealand.

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Ahamed Samsudeen left seven people injured after the attack at LynnMall Countdown. Source: 1 NEWS

Samsudeen was shot and killed by police on Friday after a stabbing rampage which injured seven people.

In the days since the attack, Samsudeen's allegiance to radical terror outfit Islamic State has become plain.

Fareeda, who lives in Kattankudy in Sri Lanka, told local station Hiru TV she believed a defining chapter in her son's life came in 2016.

"We knew there was a change in him. The change came after he left the country," she said.

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Monica Seve has been left shaken after the attack. Source: 1 NEWS

Samsudeen arrived in NZ in 2011 on a student visa, gaining refugee status on appeal in 2013.

Fareeda said he was injured in a fall in 2016, and relied on neighbours, "the only people who helped him", to recover.

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"Those neighbours from Syria and Iraq are the ones who brainwashed him," she said.

Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said the government did not have "any evidence to support that claim".

Samsudeen came to attention of NZ Police in 2016 after making Facebook posts sympathetic to Islamic State bombings in Europe.

"The reason that the terrorist came to the attention of authorities was his online activity," Robertson said.

"That's been the main focus of interest. And I want to reiterate, we are not looking for anybody else in this situation."

Samsudeen's family issued a statement on Saturday, empathising with victims and New Zealanders.

"Our family would like to send our love and support to those who were hurt in the horrible act yesterday. We are so shaken by what has happened and we do not know what to do," the statement, issued in brother Aroos' name, read.

"We are heartbroken by this terrible event."

Aroos said his brother was "suffering from some mental health problems in his life".

"He suffered a lot during his political torture at home," he said.

"We saw his mental health got worse and worse during the (past) 10 years or so... he wanted help and support. He told us that all the time."

Robertson said the Government considered using mental health provisions to detain Samsudeen on his release from prison in July.

"There were attempts throughout this process for (mental health) issues to be dealt with. Unfortunately none of those attempts have been able to change the state of mind," he said.

On his release, Samsudeen was ordered to reside at an Auckland mosque, which agreed to supervise him.

Robertson denied the government dropped the ball on mental health support services to the man.

"It wasn't just that he was handed over and everyone forgot about him," Robertson said.

"All of the services that you would expect to be involved were in place."