Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Sydney incident: Man arrested over stabbing in city centre

Man dramatically arrested following stabbing spree in Sydney's CBD Woman Found Dead Near The Scene Of The Sydney CBD Stabbing
Ginger Lawrence | 13 August, 2019, 19:45

"As police made their way to the location, there were multiple reports the man had stabbed someone near the corner of King and Clarence Streets", the statement read.

A woman was later found dead with stab wounds nearby at an address on Clarence Street and is believed to have been known to the attacker. She was in stable condition, police said.

The Mirror ran pictures of the three men, while the Evening Standard led their coverage with: "A gang of heroic bystanders including three Brits helped tackle a knifeman who stabbed a woman in Sydney, pinning him down with chairs and a milk crate".

"It is too early to determine whether there were any injuries", spokeswoman said as quoted by the 7NEWS.com.au.

According to the BBC, video footage shows the suspect shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "shoot me", jumping on a vehicle with a knife, as another man confronts him with a wicker chair.

The group, who police have described as "heroes", managed to bring the man to the ground and restrain him using their unlikely combination of items.

A woman's body has been found in a building near the vicinity of a stabbing rampage in Sydney's CBD.

Australian police are continuing to quiz the suspect, and commissioner Mick Fuller told a press conference the stabbing was not now being classed as a terrorist incident.

"The motivation for this attack has not yet been determined as police are continuing with their enquiries".

"Everyone was just running away from where the fire brigade truck was and the next thing I saw this guy jumping over the vehicle".

Both Paul and Luke said they were "proud" of their actions, but denied they were heroes.

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A woman is taken by ambulance, as police officers investigate a scene following reports of a stabbing in Sydney, Australia, August 13, 2019.

"They were fearless and I can only use that word seriously - they were significantly courageous people", he said.

Police said he used the phrase "Allahu akbar" - Arabic for "God is great" and witnesses said he was shouting about religion before calling on police to shoot him.

He is eventually pinned down with chairs and a milk crate.

"The male offender was on his own and there was no other person complicit at this stage".

According to police, the man behind this "terrifying carnage" had information related to terrorism ideology on him during the attack.

"I just thought is my brother going to be OK as we ran towards him".

I just heard this commotion and this guy running down the street with a knife. To approach a person with the mindset of what this person (had), these people are clearly heroes.

"The attacker is now in police custody following the fearless actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to. restrain him", Mr Morrison said.

A number of crime scenes have been established and a number of road closures are in place.

NSW Police Minister David Elliott said "the city is safe".