SYDNEY, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) - A woman was killed and at least two others were injured after a man brandishing a knife went on an apparent stabbing rampage in Sydney's Central Business District on Tuesday.
A policeman stands by a roped off crime scene after a man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab others in central Sydney on August 13, 2019, before being pinned down by members of the public and detained by police. (Photo: VCG)
In a statement, the Consulate-General of China in Sydney confirmed that a Chinese national had been injured during the attack.
Although it is still not clear if all the incidents are linked, all three attacks occurred in close proximity.
According to New South Wales State Police, at "about 2:00 p.m. local time, emergency services responded following reports a man was walking along York Street, Sydney, armed with a knife."
Footage posted on social media shows the man yelling and waving the large knife, before being apprehended by members of the public.
In the video, the assailant jumped on top of a car and faced off with a member of the public who used a chair to defend himself.
Later, bystanders including a firefighter used implements such as chairs and a crate to restrain the offender before authorities arrived on the scene.
Offering his gratitude to the heroic Sydneysiders who intervened to stop the alleged attacker, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to social media to praise their actions.
"The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning," he said.
"(But) the attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to restrain him."
Although police said the threat to the community had now been negated, several Sydney streets remain on lockdown with numerous crime scenes established in the area.
The motive of the attack is yet to be determined by detectives.