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Six people killed in apparent mass stabbing at Bondi Junction — what to know

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According to NSW Police, at 3:30pm on Saturday, emergency services were called to the shopping centre following multiple reports of stab wounds.
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Six people were killed during a mass stabbing event at Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday afternoon.

Several more were injured and some remain in a critical condition.

The attacker was also shot dead by police.

What happened?

According to NSW Police, at 3:30pm on Saturday, emergency services were called to the shopping centre following multiple reports of stab wounds.

An officer in the area attended the scene alone, where she was confronted by a man armed with a knife. The officer shot the man dead after he allegedly lunged at her.

The man has since been identified as 40-year-old Queensland man Joel Cauchi. He is not known to be connected to any terrorist group, and police say he acted alone.

The victims

All six victims have been identified: Ashlee Good, 38, Dawn Singleton, 25, Faraz Ahmed Tahir, 30, Jade Young, 47, Pikria Darchia, 55, and Yixuan Cheng, 27.

There are 11 others – including eight women, two men and a 9-month-old baby – who were also taken to various Sydney hospitals to be treated for stab wounds.

Responses to the mass stabbing at Bondi Junction

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in an interview with the ABC yesterday: “This is a tragedy that should never have occurred. People should be able to go about their Saturday afternoon shopping in peace and in security without thinking that there is a risk involved.”


NSW Premier Chris Minns applauded the bravery of the police officer who was first on the scene, saying: “The instinctive bravery of Inspector Amy Scott exemplifies the very best of public service in this state. Her actions saved many many lives. And her bravery deserves to be recognised.”

You can hear more about what happened in today’s podcast.

If you or someone you know is affected by this story, help is available both at Bondi Junction and at Lifeline (13 11 14).

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