Knife attack
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Six people are dead after a man with a knife attacked shoppers at the Westfield Bondi Junction in Sydney, Australia. Several more were injured to varying degrees.

The attacker was noticed by a nearby police officer, who began pursuing him. According to ABC, he turned on the officer and raised his knife, whereupon she shot him dead.

Local authorities have not released the identity of either the victims or the attacker. Australia's federal authorities are investigating the incident, but believe it to be unrelated to terrorism.

Acting NSW Premier Penny Sharpe said: "I'm personally distressed by this … This is not who we are, this is not the community that we live in. We hold in our hearts the families and the friends and those who have lost loved ones. We stand with those who are waiting to hear from those that have been injured." She also praised the officer, saying that these had doubtless saved many lives.