A woman is dead and another injured after a knife-wielding man rampaged through Sydney’s central business district this afternoon.
The man stabbed a woman in the street, and attempted to stab others, while reportedly shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
The knife frenzy ended when three ‘hero’ bystanders wrestled the man to the ground, restraining him with a chair and a milk crate, and police with guns drawn took him into custody.
The body of a 21-year-old woman killed with a butchers knife by alleged attacker Mert Nay was discovered inside a residential unit at Clarence House on 104 Clarence Street, which has previously been linked to a brothel business.
Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said the alleged attacker was visiting the 21-year-old woman for “business purposes”.
“It appears he (Mert Nay) was there for a business purpose,” Commissioner Fuller told reporters today.
The other victim, a 41-year-old woman, remains in a stable condition at the Emergency Department of St Vincent’s Hospital after she was stabbed in the back near Hotel CBD on Clarence street during the rampage.
She was conscious when she was treated by paramedics shortly after the alleged attacker was arrested but didn’t require surgery when she was admitted to hospital.
Commissioner Fuller said the two victims and the alleged attacker were unrelated.