Six people killed in Sydney mass stabbing, attacker suffers from mental health

(VOVWORLD) -Six people have been killed and several others injured in a mass stabbing Saturday afternoon at the busy shopping center Westfield Bondi Junction, Sydney, Australia.

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Police said a nine-month-old baby is among the eight others who were injured in the stabbing attack.

The suspect was identified as a 40-year-old male and his attack is not thought to be terror-related. Speaking to the media on Sunday morning, Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cooke said the Bondi attacker was known to authorities in his home state and suffered from mental health difficulties.

NSW Police confirmed there is no evidence to suggest his attack was driven by any motivation or ideology. Police are currently investigating whether the victims were attacked randomly or by choice. Westfield Bondi Junction mall remained cordoned off.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Sunday that the stabbing attacks at a busy Sydney shopping center have "shocked the nation.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said on X “Australia is family. So, all New Zealanders are thinking of those affected by the tragic events in Bondi, especially the family and friends of those killed today. Exceptional courage from NSW Police, first responders and members of the public.”

The British Royal Family was “utterly shocked and horrified" by stabbing attack. A statement from King Charles III and Queen Camilla via X read: “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have been so brutally killed during such a senseless attack.”

Prince William and Kate Middleton said in an Instagram Story they were “shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Sydney”.