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Sydney's Central Business District sealed after alleged knife attack

A woman is taken by ambulance, as police officers investigate a scene following reports of a stabbing in Sydney, Australia, August 13, 2019. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team Sydney Aug 13, 2019, 10.29 AM (IST)

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.

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.

Watch: How Sydney attacker was restrained by locals with milk crates and chairs

The police had earlier informed people on Twitter about an ongoing area 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.

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

"SYDNEY CBD: King St is closed between York & Clarence Sts due to a police operation. Traffic is extremely heavy, so all motorists should avoid the area. Clarence St is also closed northbound btwn Market St and King St," Live Traffic Sydney said on Twitter.

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"We have a female person with a stab wound to the back currently being treated by paramedics and is en route to a Sydney hospital," Police Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters in Sydney.

He said the woman's injuries were not life-threatening.

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Police urged the public to avoid the area around King and Clarence Streets, in the central business district.