Woman stabbed in central Sydney knife rampage

Screengrab of a man being tackled with a milk crate and chairs by members of the public in Sydney Australia

Screengrab of a man being tackled with a milk crate and chairs by members of the public in Sydney Australia

Eyewitness Megan Hayley told AFP she saw a man in his 20s or 30s brandishing a large kitchen knife and chasing several people though the busy central business district shortly after lunchtime.

"Next thing I see this guy jumping over the auto, over the bonnet ... he had a knife in his hand", the man said.

Andrew Denney, a reporter for 7 News Sydney, shared the incredible video on Twitter, writing, "Just witnessed incredible bravery from members of the public and ⁦@FRNSW officers chasing down a man on a stabbing rampage in Sydney's CBD". To approach a person with the mindset of what this person (had), these people are clearly heroes.

The 37-year-old told The Guardian that "extremist" slogans had been shouted before adding on the distressing incident: "We just finished lunch. we're just based on King Street and we have a window slightly open so we can hear noise and traffic".

"They were fearless, and and i can only use that word seriously, they were significantly courageous people".

Police said the man was acting alone.

According to police, the man behind this "terrifying carnage" had information related to terrorism ideology on him during the attack.

Police Superintendent Gavin Wood said the woman's injuries were not life-threatening.

"My brother and I ran across here and we managed to get a grip along with other guy and we have a grip of him and restrained him fully".

He said the alleged offender was then knocked to the ground by a member of the public who grabbed a chair and "whacked him".

A 41-year-old woman had been taken to hospital in a stable condition with a stab wound to her back.

Cuthbert and his friends Paul and Luke O'Shaughnessy, all from Manchester in the United Kingdom, and Alex Roberts, from Cronulla, were shaken after the incident but said they did not hesitate once they saw the incident unfolding.

The alleged attacker was filmed climbing a moving Mercedes-Benz, before screaming "shoot me" repeatedly as people tried to bring him under control.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison commended the bystanders for intervening.

The three friends, who all work at a recruitment agency in the city, helped tackle the man alongside an Australian colleague.

Police say the woman was found in the Clarence St unit about 3.15pm on Tuesday.

The driver, who did not give his name, told Nine Network News that the man fell off the auto when he accelerated and turned down a side street.

"Our thoughts are with all of those who have been impacted by this violent attack".