Six killed in Australia stabbing at busy shopping center, police say

Six people have died in a stabbing attack in Australia on Saturday afternoon, including a suspect who was shot dead by a police officer.

The incident took place at Bondi Junction Westfield, a six-level shopping center in Sydney.

Paramedics push stretchers to the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall to rescue injured people after a stabbing incident in Sydney on April 13, 2024. Australian police said on April 13 that “several people” were stabbed in a busy shopping center in Sydney. . (Photo by David Gray/AFP via Getty Images)

New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cook confirmed at a press conference that six people had died, including the attacker. He said the suspect was shot by a lone officer.

“At this point she confronted the perpetrator who moved to the fifth level [of the mall] She quickly walked behind him to catch him. He turned, faced her, and raised the knife. He discharged a gun and the man is now dead,” Cook said.

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Eight others were taken to hospital for treatment. An infant was reportedly among those stabbed by the suspect.

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Cook said the suspect was in the shopping center and then left before returning and began punching people in the center. The suspect's motive and identity are unknown.

This is a growing story.

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