Police say Sydney church stabbing was terrorist attack

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STORY: At least four people were wounded in the attack, including Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel of the Assyrian Christ The Good Shepherd Church, during a service live streamed at the western Sydney suburb of Wakeley on Monday (April 15).

The incident triggered clashes outside the church between police and an angry crowd of the bishop's followers who demanded the attacker be handed over to them. New South Wales state Premier Chris Minns urged people to not take the law into their hands.

Police arrested a male teenager at the scene on Monday and were forced to hold him at the church for his own safety as the crowd of worshippers gathered outside. Police said there was "a degree of premeditation" as the male attacker travelled to the church, far from his home, with a knife.

It was the second major stabbing attack in just three days in Australia's most populous city after six people were killed and 12 injured in a knife attack at a beachside mall in the Bondi area on Saturday (April 13).