King expresses ‘utter shock’ over Sydney stabbing

King Charles and Queen Camilla
King Charles and Queen Camilla said 'our hearts go out to the families and loved ones killed in such a senseless attack' - JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images

The King and Queen have joined the Prince and Princess of Wales in expressing their sympathy for the victims of a knife rampage in Sydney.

A knife-wielding man killed six people at the Westfield shopping centre in Bondi before being shot by an off-duty police officer.

In a statement issued by the palace, King Charles said: “My wife and I were utterly shocked and horrified to hear of the tragic stabbing incident in Bondi.

“Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who have been so brutally killed during such a senseless attack.”

He added: “While details of these shocking circumstances are still emerging, our thoughts are also with those who were involved in the response, and we give thanks for the bravery of the first responders and emergency services.”

The Prince and Princess of Wales said in their statement on X, formerly Twitter:

Rishi Sunak has said his “heart goes out” to those affected by the “truly devastating” attack in Sydney that killed six people.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the Prime Minister said: “The horrific attacks at Bondi Junction are truly devastating.

“My heart goes out to those affected by this abhorrent act of violence, and I pray for the recovery of those left injured and traumatised today.

“You are in the thoughts and prayers of the British people.”

The lone 40-year-old suspect attacked nine people, including a nine-month-old baby, who has undergone surgery and whose mother died in hospital after being stabbed.

A witness to the stabbings said he helped the baby and mother after they were attacked.

The man told 9News Sydney: “The baby got stabbed. The mum got stabbed and came over with a baby and threw it at me - I was holding the baby, it looked pretty bad.

“There was a lot of blood on the floor. I hope the baby is all right.”

An Australian policewoman has been hailed as a “hero” after shooting the lone knifeman mid-rampage, with videos showing other bystanders also tried to intervene and stop the attacks.

A woman, who appears to be wearing police uniform, stands over the attacker
A woman, who appears to be wearing police uniform, at the scene

The police officer was seen in footage shared on social media ordering a man to drop his weapon.

When he refused to do so and lunged at her with a knife, she shot him.

“She is certainly a hero. There is no doubt that she saved lives through her action,” Anthony Albanese, the Australian prime minister, said on Saturday.

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