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At least six dead, suspect killed after stabbing attack on shopping center in Sydney, Australia; several people injured

SYDNEY (AP) — A man stabbed five people to death at a busy Sydney shopping center on Saturday before being fatally shot, police said. Several people were also injured in the attack, including a small child.

The suspect stabbed nine people at the Westfield Shopping Center in Bondi Junction, in the city’s eastern suburbs, before a police inspector shot him after he turned and raised a knife, Assistant New South Wales Police Commissioner Anthony Cooke said , to reporters. Five of the victims and the suspect died, he said. He could not provide specific details about the condition of the injured.

Cooke said he believed the suspect acted alone and was “satisfied that there is no ongoing threat.” He said officials did not know who the perpetrator was. “This is quite raw,” he said, and a “lengthy and painstaking” investigation had only just begun.

He said there was “nothing that we are aware of on the ground that would point to any motive or any ideology.” Asked whether officials were ruling out terrorism, he said: “We are not ruling anything out.”

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Cooke said the police inspector, a senior officer, was alone when she confronted the suspect and engaged him shortly after her arrival on the scene, “saving a series of lives.”

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A crowd gathers outside the Westfield Shopping Center in Sydney, Saturday, April 13, 2024. Media reports say several people have been stabbed and police shot one person at the Sydney shopping center.

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Video showed many ambulances and police cars around the mall, and people pouring out.

Paramedics treated patients at the scene.

Witness Roi Huberman, a sound engineer at ABC TV in Australia, told the station that he took shelter in a store during the incident.

“And suddenly we heard a shot or maybe two shots and we didn’t know what to do,” he said. “Then the very competent person in the store took us to the back where it can be locked. She then locked the store and then she let us through the back and now we’re out.”

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