Australian police investigate report of armed man in downtown Sydney

Police at the scene

Witness have said they saw a man carrying a knife and attacking people but police have not confirmed reports of any injuries.

A man holding a large knife terrorised Sydney CBD and stabbed a woman before members of the public restrained him on the ground with chairs and a milk crate.

King Street between Clarence and York streets is now closed due to a police operation.

"Officers from Sydney City police area command are on the scene and will conduct inquiries into whether the incident is linked to an earlier stabbing at a hotel on the corner of Clarence and King St".

A policeman stands by a roped off crime scene after a man stabbed a woman and attempted to stab others in central Sydney.

One female patient with a single stab wound in her upper back is being taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

The pair chased the man and then managed to get a grip on him with the help of a third person. "These members of the public have jumped into this situation that was extremely hostile", Wood said."They have brought this person into custody and allowed us to do our job".

"A short time later, members of the public detained the man before police attended and arrested him", NSW Police said in a statement.

A witness, Paul O'Shaughnessy, said he and his brother Luke were working in the office of their recruitment company when they heard shouting through an open window.


He said the man had been arrested and "the threat has been negated".

Images broadcast by Australian media showed the man jumping on the roof of a auto brandishing a knife, appearing to shout "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest in Arabic) and "shoot me".

A woman has tragically since been found dead nearby. "Shoot me in the f**king head!" and "Allahu Akbar", with police confirming this is now part of their investigation.

Video captured at the scene showed a man in a grey top being escorted by multiple police.

"So insane! A random dude just started stabbing people in the city right outside where we were having lunch".

"He ran all the way back to near my work where a lot of others had cornered him for the police", he said. I saw people running so I ran towards him with a few other guys.

Police have praised the efforts of passersby who held the attacker.

In footage shared on social media, the alleged assailant can be seen jumping onto the bonnet of a vehicle wielding a knife.

"Emergency services are on site, and traffic crews are responding".

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