Sydney shopping mall reopens after stabbing attack

Apr18,2024



Sydney Shopping Mall Where six people were stabbed to death lone attacker It reopened to the public five days ago on Thursday as part of a “slow reopening” aimed at giving people a chance to recover from the event that shocked Australia.
Shops at Westfield Mall in Bondi Junction were closed for a “community reflection day” and will only reopen on Friday with tight security.
A candlelight vigil will also be held at nearby Bondi Beach on Sunday to express condolences victimOfficials said.
The shock of the Sydney mall attack is compounded by another shock. knife attack A Christian bishop and priest were attacked and injured during a church service on Monday.
A chance to 'turn the page'
New South Wales Premier Chris Morris said the reopening was meant to be an opportunity for the public to show solidarity and express their condolences, as well as “turn the page on a very difficult period for the city”.
He described the mall's reopening as “the first step toward healing.”
Reflecting the public's mood of mourning, digital displays in the mall showed black ribbons on a white background, and people were invited to write in a condolence book on a table surrounded by white flower bouquets and wreaths.
Praise for courageous intervention
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has praised those who took action against the knife-wielding attacker to prevent more deaths.
These include Pakistani security guard Muhammad Taha, who was stabbed in the stomach.
Albanese said his government would consider granting citizenship to Taha, who is working in Australia on a temporary visa that is due to expire in a few weeks.
Earlier, French national Damien Guerot was also offered citizenship after the construction worker blocked an attacker on an escalator using a plastic bollard, thus preventing him from continuing his rampage on a higher floor of the mall.
Another Pakistani security guard, Faraz Tahir, was killed by the attacker as he allegedly tried to engage him.
The alleged attacker's family said he had a long history of schizophrenia and lacked social skills, which they said may have led him to attack mostly women in his rage due to depression.
He was shot by a police officer after threatening him with his weapon.
At least 12 people have also been injured in the attacks.
second knife attack
In a separate incident, a 16-year-old boy is in police custody after allegedly stabbing a Christian bishop and priest during a church service at an Orthodox Assyrian church in Sydney.
Police say there was a religious or ideological motivation for the boy's attack, which led to a riot outside the church as people sought vengeance amid religious tensions between communities in the area.
Australia has some of the strictest gun and weapons laws in the world, but there have been calls for more public safety and protective equipment for security guards there after the attacks.



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