Reports of stabbing attack in Sydney's CBD

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2019

NSW Police have now confirmed the death is linked to this afternoon's alleged knife attack in the Sydney CBD.

Australian police are investigating unconfirmed reports of an armed man in downtown Sydney, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday, and witnesses reported seeing an injured man carrying a knife.

King Street is closed to traffic between Clarence and York Street with motorists also urged to avoid the area.

"Inquiries are underway after the body of a woman was found inside a unit on Clarence Street about 3.15pm", a police spokesperson said.

Police have released a statement, saying: "Police and NSW Ambulance paramedics located a woman inside a hotel, who had a stab wound".

"We have a female person with a stab wound to the back now being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital", police Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters in Sydney.

The auto moves forward, prompting him to fall backwards onto the ground before he is chased by members of the public.

"They were significantly fearless people".

Superintendent Gavin Wood said the man had made "multiple attempts" to stab other people but was "luckily unsuccessful", the ABC reported.

Luke O'Shaughnessy and his brother Paul, who work nearby on King Street, heard screams from their window and immediately ran out to the street where they noticed blood on the ground.

Images broadcast by Australian media showed the man jumping on the roof of a vehicle brandishing a knife shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "shoot me", the news agency further said.

A heavy police presence remains at multiple crime scenes.

'So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch, ' @JackHuddo said on Twitter.

"Everyone was just running away from where the fire brigade truck was and the next thing I saw this guy jumping over the vehicle".

The Sydney Morning Herald said several people had reportedly been stabbed, although there was no confirmation from officials.

There was fireys chasing him with axes and he went around the corner.

"You dog. you stabbed a chick, mate", one of the men yelled at the suspect.

The attacker was taken by police to a local hospital.

The group, who police have described as "heroes", managed to bring the man to the ground and restrain him using their unlikely combination of items.

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