Australian police examine stabbing at Westfield Bondi Junction mall in Sydney | EUROtoday

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIAAustralian police say an attacker has killed six individuals and injured a number of others in a stabbing assault at a mall in Sydney.

The attacker stabbed a minimum of 9 individuals in Westfield Bondi Junction buying heart earlier than a senior police officer who was within the neighborhood on the time shot him lifeless, New South Wales assistant commissioner Anthony Cooke stated in a information convention Saturday night.

Five individuals have been killed within the stabbing assault, a small baby was among the many wounded, and several other of the victims are in critical and demanding circumstances, he added.

Police later confirmed that one other particular person had died, bringing the variety of victims killed within the assault to 6.

Cooke stated the attacker briefly walked into the mall on Saturday afternoon earlier than leaving. He returned quickly after with a knife.

Police are working to establish the attacker, who’s believed to have acted alone, Cooke stated. Police are finishing up a essential incident investigation and say the motive is just not clear, though they haven’t dominated out terrorism, he stated.

“The devastating scenes at Bondi Junction are beyond words or understanding,” Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stated in a information convention.

“This was a horrific act of violence indiscriminately targeted at innocent people going about an ordinary Saturday, doing their shopping,” he continued. He praised the bravery of the officer who responded to the “very dangerous” incident by herself, saying: “She is certainly a hero.”

The upscale Westfield Bondi Junction shopping center is located within the prosperous Eastern Beaches space of Sydney, lower than two miles from Bondi Beach.

It is generally a bustling however peaceable hub of customers drawn to high-end shops together with Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior. There is little seen safety and anybody can enter the mall off the road from a number of factors. Most days, its corridors are filled with customers from all over the world, aged mall-walkers staying match and younger moms making use of the cafes and play gear.

The incident has shocked Australia, a nation the place mass killings are extraordinarily unusual. There have been 79 homicides in 2022 in New South Wales, a state of greater than 8 million individuals. The most typical murder weapon was a knife, partly on account of Australia’s tight gun restrictions.

New South Wales state premier Chris Minns stated he was “horrified” by the information and thanked police, emergency companies and the group “for their bravery in the face of this shocking incident.”

“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were lost, and wish the injured a speedy and complete recovery,” Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Australia, stated in a message shared by the embassy.

Bisset reported from London.