Australian police investigate report of armed man in downtown Sydney

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A woman is taken by ambulance, as police officers investigate a scene following reports of a stabbing in Sydney, Australia on August 13, 2019.

Police and witnesses say a young man yelling about religion and armed with a knife has attempted to stab several people in downtown Sydney before being arrested, with one woman taken to a hospital.

A man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab several other people in central Sydney Tuesday before being pinned down by members of the public and detained by police, eyewitnesses and officials said.

Gavin Wood, a superintendent with the New South Wales police, praised members of the public who restrained the suspect, who has not been named.

A man has gone rampage in broad daylight killing people with a knife and causing serious commotion in Sydney.

Asked if the man was yelling religious terms, Mr O'Shaughnessy said: "I don't want to put my name to that kind of thing".

"I shouted "Paul" and said "Let's go, there's a man with a knife, it's a terrorist attack". "They approached the person. with clear evidence of a stabbing previously. Again I will put on record we have a female person with a stab wound to the back now being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital".

Cuthbert added that he had been living in Sydney for the past three years, and said he did not hesitate to chase the man because he sees Australia as his "new home".

He posted on Twitter: "The violent attack that took place in Sydney this afternoon is deeply concerning".

A short statement issued to media confirmed the discovery of the woman's body, with police officials now looking into whether it is connected to the earlier alleged stabbing incident.

They ran down from their fourth-floor office, chased the attacker and, with the help of others, tackled him to the ground and pinned him down with a chair and milk crate.

- Andrew Denney (@Andrew_Denney) August 13, 2019Some psycho just went around stabbing people in Sydney.

The man, armed with a butcher's knife and carrying "information about terrorist attacks and extremist ideologies on a USB drive", was eventually apprehended after some heroic intervention by civilians in the area.

One eyewitness told 10Daily that the fearless citizens didn't stop there, saying, "I ran outside and saw people grabbing poles and bats from a fire truck and started to chase [the man] up the street".

Both Paul and Luke said they were "proud" of their actions, but denied they were heroes.

Police say the woman was found in the Clarence St unit about 3.15pm on Tuesday.

"The attacker is now in police custody following the fearless actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to ... restrain him", he said.

One witness said she saw the man jump on a auto before he was confronted by people on the street who tried to fight him with chairs and pipes.

One witness, Marcon, told the Daily Mail Australia: "He was trying to smash a driver side window of a random auto with the knife".

Onlookers also tell the man: "You're dead".

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