One person has been confirmed dead, as a 21-year-old man, whose name police did not make public, goes on a rampage in Sydney.
According to the report by Reuters, the unnamed man who was carrying a knife and a computer thumb drive containing information about deadly attacks in North America and New Zealand, was apprehended by some brave men who had challenged and seized him till the arrival of the Police.
Despite the information found on him, the Police said he did not appear to be acting for any terrorist groups and the attack was not being treated as terrorism, according to the news outlet.
The New South Wales state police commissioner Mick Fuller who spoke to reporters on the Sydney attack, said:
“At the end of the day, it’s a horrendous crime and he should pay for that,”
A 21-year-old woman was found dead in an apartment building and a second woman, 41, was taken to hospital with a stab wound to her back. She was in stable condition, police said.
They did not say how the first woman died but said the man was responsible for both attacks. There was no apparent link between the two women.
Police were investigating a home about 32 km (20 miles) west of the city where the young man lived with his parents.The man was in custody and expected to be charged with homicide, assault and, depending on the outcome of the investigation, potential terrorism offences, Fuller said.
The incident brought downtown traffic to a halt in Australia’s biggest city. Video images on Twitter showed a young man running across an intersection and jumping onto a car hood, yelling and waving what appeared to be a long-bladed knife.
The man fell to the ground when the car moved and he was confronted by a person holding a chair, the video showed. It was unclear what the man was shouting.
Other footage showed the man pinned to the ground by several people holding two chairs and a milk crate on top of him.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison praised those who stopped the assailant.
“The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to … restrain him,” he said.