The Police media unit said that investigations revealed that the attacker had left Sri Lanka as a student in 2011.
The Police said that his close associates are now being questioned in order to gather more information about him.
Ahamed Adhil Mohamed Samsudeen is a resident of Kattankudy, a town in Batticaloa in the East.
The lone attacker grabbed a knife at the mall in Auckland and attacked shoppers yesterday (Friday) injuring seven, including three critically.
New Zealand Police, who were undercover at the mall, shot and killed the man after he stabbed seven people.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had said the Sri Lankan national was under Police surveillance and was a supporter of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. (Colombo Gazette)