5 dead, suspect killed in attack at major shopping mall

April 13, 2024 8:02 pm

[Source: ABC News]

Crowds in Australia have fled a Sydney shopping mall near Bondi Beach and police have confirmed that at least five people have been killed.

Following an attack involving multiple stabbings and a possible shooting that sparked a major police response in the area.

Local media have reported gunshots inside Westfield Mall at Bondi Junction near Bondi Beach — a well known destination for locals and tourists alike.

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Police said a critical incident had been declared following the shooting of a male after reports of multiple stabbings.

“A critical incident has commenced following the shooting of male at Bondi Junction. Just before 4pm (Saturday 13 April 2024), emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction following reports of multiple people stabbed,” said New South Wales (NSW) Police in a statement following the incident. “People are urged to avoid the area. Inquiries are continuing in relation to the incident and there are no further details.”

NSW Police confirmed in a press conference on Saturday evening that at least five people have been killed and the attacker was shot dead by a responding police officer.

The area has been evacuated and there are video on social media shows a number of ambulances and police vehicles responding to the scene.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s released a statement shortly after the attack.

“I have been briefed by the AFP on the devastating events at Bondi Junction. Tragically, multiple casualties have been reported and the first thoughts of all Australians are with those affected and their loved ones,” said Albanese. “Our hearts go out to those injured and we offer our thanks to those caring for them as well as our brave police and first responders.”