Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Knife-wielding man goes on Sydney rampage, one woman dead

Knife-wielding man goes on Sydney rampage, one woman dead

One woman is dead and another injured after a daylight knife attack in Sydney's city center on Tuesday.

Wood said it had been reported to him that the man had yelled "Allahu Akbar"; he said this had not been captured as part of the "evidentiary base" but would form part of the investigation.

Video posted on Twitter shows the man yelled at police: "F***ing shoot me in the f***ing head" before he was wrestled to the ground by bystanders and a milk crate was placed over his head.

She was taken to St Vincent's hospital suffering a non-life threatening injury from a single stab wound to her back. Along with other passers-by, they used a milk crate and a chair to keep him pinned to the ground, he said.

She's been taken to St Vincent's Hospital in a stable condition.

"We will allege the offender has attempted to stab multiple people, luckily unsuccessfully", Superintendent Gavin Wood said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I shouted "Paul" and said "Let's go, there's a man with a knife, it's a terrorist attack".

The 21-year-old man, who has yet to be publicly identified, can be seen in footage posted online jumping on a vehicle at a busy intersection waving a knife and shouting "Allahu Akbar".

"What we can conclusively say is that the male offender was on his own", NSW police said.

New South Wales Police said in a statement: "Inquiries are under way after the body of a woman was found inside a unit on Clarence Street, Sydney, about 3.15pm (0615 BST) today".

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"It appears at this stage it was unprovoked however we're keeping a very open mind as we move forward".

"A short time later, members of the public detained the man before police attended and arrested him".

"Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command, and various specialist police, are conducting proactive patrols the area, but it is believed there is no further threat to public safety".

Luke and Paul said a "massive scream" alerted them to the street attack.

"They were armed with crowbars and one man had an axe and another man ..."

"They were fearless, and and i can only use that word seriously, they were significantly courageous people".

One witness, Marcon, told the Daily Mail Australia: "He was trying to smash a driver side window of a random vehicle with the knife. They were significantly courageous people", he said. So we went down the escalator, ran out, and you could see all the public on this side of the road and we were like, 'Where is he?'

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised the "brave" people who tackled the knifeman. "They approached the person. with clear evidence of a stabbing previously".

"They were significantly fearless people", New South Wales Police Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters at the crime scene. As authorities were en route, more calls came in that the man had stabbed a woman in the back inside a hotel.

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