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    According to a police spokeswoman, Australian police are investigating reports of an armed man in downtown Sydney.

    Sydney police have made an arrest while responding to reports of a man armed with a knife attacking members of the public, The Guardian reports.

    According to NSW police, a young woman was stabbed in a hotel nearby. She has been taken to hospital in a stable condition.

    The man was taken into custody, according to a spokeswoman for NSW Police.

    ​"It is too early to determine whether there were any injuries," spokeswoman said as quoted by the 7NEWS.com.au.

    ​The man walked across a city street with a knife and jumped onto the bonnet of a car allegedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" and "shoot me",  according to Australian media.

    Social media videos reportedly show members of the public trying to restrain the armed man.

    A body had been discovered in the central business district of Sydney, where a woman was stabbed earlier and a man was arrested, according to Australian police. The police are investigating if the body was linked to the incident.

    ​Police urged the public to avoid the area nearby King and Clarence Streets.


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