A woman and eight children have been feared killed, the woman was the mother to the seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing, police said on Friday. Reuters has more:
Australia is in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage standoff in which three people were killed, including the hostage-taker.
Queensland state police said in a statement they were called to a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora just before midday after reports of a woman with serious injuries on the premises.
They found the bodies of the children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, when they were examining the location.
Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said police believed the woman was the mother of seven of the children.
“There is no formal suspect,” Asnicar told reporters. “We are talking to a range of people. Anybody who has had any involvement in the past two or three days is a person of interest,” he said. The woman, aged 34, was receiving treatment for her injuries, police said, and was assisting them with their investigation.