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At least six people were killed and several others were seriously injured after a mass stabbing in Sydney, according to the New South Wales Police. The deadly attack took place in a shopping mall in Bondi Junction, a suburb of Sydney, around 3:20 p.m. local time on Saturday. The suspect, a 40-year-old man who was known to law enforcement, caused harm to at least nine people before being killed by police. While the motive behind the attack is still under investigation, authorities do not believe it was a terrorism incident.

Four women and one man died at the scene of the attack, while eight others were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment. Tragically, one woman later died from her injuries, and a 9-month-old baby was undergoing emergency surgery. The New South Wales Police Commissioner Karen Webb stated that the investigation into the attack will be ongoing for many days as law enforcement officers work to understand the suspect’s motive. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese condemned the attack as a horrific act of violence that targeted innocent people going about their ordinary Saturday activities.

The attack in Sydney is the deadliest act of mass violence in Australia since 2017, when a driver drove into pedestrians in Melbourne, killing six people and injuring more than 20 others. In 2018, a gunman killed two hostages after holding 18 people hostage in Sydney. Australia’s worst mass shooting occurred in 1996 in Port Arthur, Tasmania, when a gunman killed 35 people. Following that deadly incident, the Australian government implemented strict gun laws, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, to prevent such tragedies from happening again.

The Australian Prime Minister and the Royal Family have expressed shock and sadness over the senseless attack. King Charles III, reigning over Australia as part of the Commonwealth realm, along with Queen Camilla, said they were utterly shocked and horrified by the events. Prince William and Kate Middleton also shared their shock and sadness over the attack. As the investigation into the mass stabbing continues, authorities are working to provide support to the victims and their families, while also ensuring the safety and security of the community in Sydney.

As the community in Sydney mourns the loss of life and grapples with the aftermath of the mass stabbing, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges of violence and extremist acts around the world. While authorities work to understand the motives behind the attack and prevent further tragedies, the focus remains on providing support to those affected and ensuring that such acts of violence do not become normalized. The impact of the attack will be felt throughout Sydney and beyond, as people come together to mourn the victims and support one another in the face of tragedy.

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