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Sydney knife attack: How 'heroes' restrained the offender

An eyewitness Megan Hayley said a man with a large kitchen knife chased several people through a busy office district in Sydney. Five or six others were chasing him behind, trying to stop him

Multiple stabbed in Sydney

The police in Australia apprehended a man who allegedly stabbed multiple people near York Street in Sydney, local media reported on Tuesday.

An eyewitness Megan Hayley said a man with a large kitchen knife chased several people through a busy office district and 'five or six others were chasing him behind, trying to stop him, they caught him and restrained him' with chairs and a plastic crate, news agency AFP reported.

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Man taken into custody

Images broadcast by Australian media showed the man jumping on the roof of a car brandishing a knife shouting 'Allahu Akbar' and 'shoot me', the news agency further said.

He was later taken into custody after the police restrained him with the help of chairs and milk crates.

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Police issued alert

The police had earlier informed people on Twitter about the ongoing incident in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD).

'Police operation King & Clarence St, Sydney CBD. Please avoid the area. More to come...' said NSW Police Force on Twitter.

The CBD is closed with authorities urging people to avoid going there.

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One woman injured

A woman was taken to hospital after being stabbed in downtown Sydney.

The unidentified man had also tried unsuccessfully to stab other people

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