Sydney knife attack: Australian woman stabbed by unidentified man in broad daylight; accused taken into custody

  • According to police officials, the unidentified man had also tried, unsuccessfully, to stab other people in an incident that brought the central business district in Australia’s largest city to a standstill

  • Police Superintendent Gavin Wood said that the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening

  • Wood also said the attack appeared to be unprovoked but, police were keeping an open mind

Sydney: A woman was taken to hospital after she was stabbed in downtown Sydney in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack by a man who has been taken into custody, police said.

 Sydney knife attack: Australian woman stabbed by unidentified man in broad daylight; accused taken into custody

A woman is taken by ambulance, as police officers investigate a scene following reports of a stabbing in Sydney. Reuters

According to police officials, the unidentified man had also tried, unsuccessfully, to stab other people in an incident that brought the central business district in Australia’s largest city to a standstill in the early afternoon.

"We have a female person with a stab wound to the back currently being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital," Police Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters in Sydney.

He said the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening. Wood also said the attack appeared to be unprovoked but, police were keeping an open mind.

The video footage that went viral on Twitter showed a young man running across a city intersection and jumping onto the hood of a car, waving what appeared to be a knife.

The video also showed the man falling to the ground when the car moved ahead and was confronted by a person holding a chair.

Another footage showed the man pinned to the ground by several people holding two chairs and a milk crate on top of him.

A woman who answered the phone at a Subway store near the scene told Reuters: "We saw the person with a knife over there bleeding."

"The cops are here and they blocked the road right now, so we can’t go outside. They said that it was a crime scene and stopped us from us going out," said the woman, who declined to disclose her identity.

Police said the man was acting alone.

Updated Date: Aug 13, 2019 12:34:02 IST