Eight youngsters have been killed and a lady injured, police stated on Friday, throughout what a number of media retailers reported was a mass stabbing in Australia’s tropical northern metropolis of Cairns.
Australia is already in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday morning to finish a 16-hour hostage standoff wherein three folks had been killed, together with the hostage-taker.
Queensland state police stated in a press release they had been referred to as to a home within the Cairns suburb of Manoora simply earlier than noon after stories of a lady with critical accidents on the premises.
They discovered the our bodies of the kids, aged between 18 months and 15 years, after they had been inspecting the situation.
It was not instantly clear whether or not the kids had been from one household, what their relationship was to the injured lady, or whether or not the girl was concerned of their deaths, police stated.
The lady, aged 34, is receiving remedy for her accidents, police stated, and is aiding them with their investigation.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott referred to as the occasions in Cairns “heartbreaking” and acknowledged that these had been “attempting days” for Australia.
Specialist officers had been being despatched from Brisbane, the state capital, to help with the investigation, Asnicar stated. He careworn that info was nonetheless sparse and that the variety of lifeless may rise or fall.