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Several injured in a stabbing at the Australian church in Wakeley, a suburb of Sydney

A man has been arrested on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia after allegedly stabbing a Christian bishop and several others in a church, Australian police said Monday.

New South Wales Police said officers were deployed to an address in the town of Wakeley, “following reports that a number of people had been stabbed.”

“Officers have arrested a man and he is assisting police with investigations. The injured suffered non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics,” said a police statement shared with CBS News.

An unverified video circulating on social media shows a man in black clothing walking up to a bishop at an altar before appearing to stab him repeatedly. People can be seen screaming and running towards the man following the attack.

Several people have been injured in a stabbing at a Sydney church, police say
A man stabs Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel during a church service at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, Sydney, Australia, April 15, 2024, in a still image taken from the church’s social media livestream by Rueters.

Reuters/Christ the Good Shepherd Church

Christ The Good Shepherd Church, an Assyrian Christian church, has an address that matches the location police described in their statement.

News of the attack emerged on Monday as Australia was still reeling from a devastating attack on Saturday when an attacker was attacked stabbed six people to death in a busy shopping center in Sydney before being fatally shot by a police officer. Saturday’s attacker appears to have targeted women, police said, according to CBS News partner network BBC News.

The bishop of the church, which streams its services live online, was featured in national news last year when the Australian Broadcasting Corporation featured him in a report on a campaign targeting the LGBTQ+ community, according to The Associated Press.

Police are working at the scene after a stabbing at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in the Sydney suburb of Wakeley
Police work at the scene following a stabbing at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in the suburb of Wakeley, Australia, on April 15, 2024.


The May 2023 Australian TV report showed the bishop, identified on the church’s website as Mar Mari Emmanuel, saying in a sermon: “If a man calls himself a woman, he is neither a man nor a woman, you are not human. you are an it. Because you are an it, I will no longer address you as a human being, because it is not my choice, it is your choice.’

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