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Australian PM praises 'hero' officer who killed attacker

Apr 14, 2024

London [UK], April 14: A female police officer who shot dead the knife attacker who killed six people and injured several others in a Sydney shopping centre has been hailed a hero who saved lives.
The New South Wales Police officer was one of dozens who responded to a stabbing spree. But she appeared to be on her own as she fired after being confronted by the knifeman who lunged at her, police said. The unnamed officer then tried to resuscitate him until paramedics arrived by carrying out CPR, but he could not be revived.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said: "The bravery of the police officer. she entered the proceedings that were taking place, obviously very dangerous, by herself. She is certainly a hero.
"There is no doubt that she saved lives through her action and it is a reminder that those people who wear uniform are people who rush to danger, not away from it, and I give thanks to every one of them for the actions that they have taken up to now and the actions that they will take over the next coming days, which will be a difficult period as well."
Footage and photos circulated on social media showing the inside of the shopping centre during the attack, including one dramatic clip showing a man on an escalator, brandishing a bollard at the attacker who is holding a large knife.
Source: Qatar Tribune