Sydney knife attacker shot dead after killing 6 in Bondi mall-PHOTO-VIDEO-UPDATED-2-

Sydney knife attacker shot dead after killing 6 in Bondi mall-PHOTO -VIDEO -UPDATED-2-
# 13 April 2024 19:15 (UTC +04:00)

An attacker who fatally knifed six people in a Sydney mall was shot dead by police in the beachside suburb of Bondi on Saturday, police said, as hundreds fled the scene, APA reports citing Reuters.

The assailant was shot by a police officer after he attacked shoppers in the busy Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre, a police statement said.

Five of the six victims killed were women, while eight people, including a nine-month-old baby, were taken to hospital with stab wounds, New South Wales Police Commissioner Karen Webb told a press conference.

Police at this stage do not believe the attack was terrorism-related, Webb said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said there was no indication yet of the man's motive.

"This was a horrific act of violence, indiscriminately targeting innocent people going about an ordinary Saturday doing their shopping," he told a press conference.

"Tonight the first thoughts of all Australians are with the victims of these terrible acts."

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Police have now updated their statement from earlier and confirm that the suspected attacker fatally stabbed six people before he was shot dead by an officer, APA reports citing BBC.

Earlier, the death toll was reported to be five victims, with several other people being treated at hospital with injuries.

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Police are now speaking outside the Sydney mall, APA reports citing BBC.

They are confirming that five people have died, and several people have been sent to hospital in critical or serious conditions.

A small child is among those injured, the officer confirms.

The attacker has been shot dead by armed police.

***12:17

A man has been shot and multiple people have reportedly been stabbed in an incident that sparked panic at a Sydney mall, Australia, APA reports citing BBC.

A nine-month-old baby is reportedly among those stabbed, while at least four people are dead, according to local media. Ambulances called to the scene were reportedly responding to “reports of a male running around Westfield with a knife”.

The incident is ongoing and people are urged to avoid the area. New South Wales Ambulance told news agency AFP one man, believed to be an attacker, was shot dead by police.

Video footage shows dozens of police and ambulances at the scene, and images on social media appear to show multiple casualties, as well as a man carrying a large knife.

A police press conference is expected soon.

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