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Man shot in Sydney shopping center after reports of stabbings, police say

By Samuel McKeith and Lewis Jackson

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A man was shot at a Sydney shopping center on Saturday after reports of several people being stabbed, police in the city said.

Emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction just before 4pm (0600 GMT) following the reports, New South Wales police said in a statement.

“People are urged to avoid the area,” the statement said.

“The investigation into the incident continues and there are no further details.”

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the shopping center after the incident, news site news.com.au reported.

State broadcaster ABC reported that some people were trapped inside.

Two witnesses told Reuters they heard shots.

“Even 20 minutes after people were chased out of the mall, I saw SWAT teams of people sweeping the surrounding streets,” one of the witnesses said.

One witness said they saw a woman lying on the ground and taking shelter in a jewelry store.

New South Wales State Police said a police operation was underway but gave no further details.

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Several social media posts showed crowds fleeing the mall and police cars and emergency services rushing to the area.

(Reporting by Sam McKeith and Lewis Jackson; Writing by Alasdair Pal, Editing by Stephen Coates)

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