Brave 'heroes' stop Sydney knife attack

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 Aug 2019

A knife-wielding man killed one person and attempted to stab several others in a central Sydney rampage yesterday afternoon before being chased and pinned down by members of the public.

Police said a 21-year-old Sydney man with a history of mental illness is believed to have killed a woman of around the same age in a residential unit before going on a rampage across the city center.

New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said he had no known links to terror organizations, but had a thumb drive with details of mass-casualty, white-supremacist attacks in the United States and New Zealand.

A 41-year-old woman who was stabbed is in stable condition.

"Five or six others were chasing him behind, trying to stop him, they caught him and restrained him," witness Megan Hales said.

Four of the pursuers were Colombian-born Alex Roberts, brothers Paul and Luke O'Shaughnessy and fellow Briton Lee Cuthbert - all colleagues at a recruitment consultancy who raced from their fourth-floor office to the street. "We opened the window and saw [him] wielding a knife and jumping on the bonnet" of a nearby car, Paul O'Shaughnessy, a former professional footballer, said.

Convinced it was a terrorist attack, his brother Luke - a champion Muay Thai boxer - led the chase.

Police spokesman superintendent Gavin Wood hailed the action of the bystanders, calling them "heroes."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also tweeted praises of their bravery.

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