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Man arrested after trying to stab several in Sydney

Trevor Marshallsea, The Related Press
Revealed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:20AM EDT
Final Up to date Tuesday, August 13, 2019 3:45AM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — A knife-wielding man yelling “Allahu akbar,” or “God is great,” tried to stab a number of individuals in downtown Sydney on Tuesday earlier than being restrained by members of the general public, with a lady taken to a hospital, police and witnesses mentioned.

New South Wales state police mentioned in a press release that they have been investigating whether or not the rampage was linked to the demise of a lady whose physique was discovered later in an house on the identical avenue because the bar the place the injured girl was stabbed.

Witnesses mentioned the person was carrying a 30-centimetre (12-inch) kitchen knife as he tried to stab a number of individuals close to a busy intersection in Australia’s largest metropolis at round 2 p.m.

Police mentioned {that a} man was arrested, and {that a} girl with a stab wound was taken to a hospital in secure situation. It was unclear whether or not the person had stabbed anybody else.

Police mentioned the physique of the second girl was found in a fourth-floor house at round 3:15 p.m.

“A number of members of the public physically restrained the offender,” police Superintendent Gavin Wooden mentioned. “I want to acknowledge those members of the public who got involved. They were significantly brave people.”

Video confirmed that individuals had pinned the person to the pavement on his again with a plastic milk crate over his head and two chairs over his physique.

Wooden mentioned it appeared that the assault was unprovoked and the person had acted alone. He mentioned that after the lady was stabbed, the person “attempted to stab multiple people. Those attempts, thankfully, were unsuccessful.”

An Uber driver mentioned the assailant jumped on the hood of his Mercedes as he was driving an aged couple down the road the place the violence unfolded. The motive force, who didn’t give his identify, instructed 9 Community Information that the person fell off the automobile when he accelerated and turned down a aspect avenue.

A witness instructed reporters that the person was screaming feedback about faith, earlier than yelling to police that he needed to be shot. Police mentioned he used the Arabic phrase “Allahu akbar.”

A witness, Paul O’Shaughnessy, mentioned he and his brother Luke have been working within the workplace of their recruitment firm once they heard shouting by an open window. They seemed out and noticed a Caucasian man, aged round 25, screaming “extremist” phrases, O’Shaughnessy mentioned.

The brothers, fearing the person was conducting a terrorist assault, ran all the way down to the road and commenced chasing the person, who was lined in blood.

Luke O’Shaughnessy and one other man caught up with the offender and tackled him to the bottom, Paul O’Shaughnessy mentioned. Together with different passers-by, they used a milk crate and a chair to maintain him pinned to the bottom, he mentioned.

Paul O’Shaughnessy instructed The Related Press that the person “didn’t show any remorse at all.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned on Twitter that the violence was “deeply concerning” and praised the members of the general public who restrained the assailant.

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Related Press author Kristen Gelineau in Sydney and Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, contributed to this report.

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