Sydney – In daylight stabbing in the city centre in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday, one woman was killed and another injured.
Describing the attack as one of ‘terrifying carnage’, NSW (New South Wales) Police Commissioner Mick Fuller at a press conference said that it was believed to be a random attack.
About 2 pm local time, NSW Police received calls that there was a man with a knife was walking on York Street.
Australian police said that the man was yelling, “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and “shoot me.”
The suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old man from Marayong.
About two-three members of the public tried and restrained the wild man using chairs and a milk crate.
NSW Police Superintendent Gavin Wood on Tuesday said, “Those are significantly brave people, those people are heroes.”
Later, the Australian police arrested the suspect.
I think the yelling of Allahu Akbar makes the motive rather obvious, doesn’t it? pic.twitter.com/G3KuKx57xl
— convulsingbaldman (@convulsingbald2) August 13, 2019
— Daniel Timms (@deadsetdaniel) August 13, 2019
A 41-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital with non-threatening injuries as the man stabbed the woman on her back on the street.
Shortly after man’s arrest, the police found a body of another woman in an apartment on neighbouring Clarence Street.
NSW police believe that the two incidents might be linked as “all available evidence” pointed to her death being linked to the daylight stabbing incident.
Commissioner said that the suspect has no apparent links to terrorist organizations but was found with some terrorist information.
“Information was on a USB drive referenced recent terrorist attacks in North America and New Zealand but didn’t specifically relate to Islamic extremism,” said Fuller.
Moreover, the commissioner said that the suspect has a long history of mental health issues and are investigating that he absconded from a mental health facility.
The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning. The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him.
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) August 13, 2019
The man is likely to face charges with serious assault and homicide and possible charges of terrorism, only if it becomes a terrorist incident.
According to the NSW police commissioner Mick Fuller, the police knew the suspect but ‘his history was unremarkable compared to the gravity of the crimes he’s committed.”