A knife-wielding man with a history of mental illness is suspected of slaying a woman in a downtown Sydney apartment before wounding another woman nearby and attempting to stab other people Tuesday while yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," police and witnesses said.
Police have not labeled the rampage an act of terrorism, although the 21-year-old assailant - who was restrained by members of the public before being arrested - had collected information on his computer about mass killings in North America and New Zealand, New South Wales state Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said.
"It is not currently classed as a terrorist incident. Obviously as the investigation continues we will reassess that," Fuller told reporters.
Witnesses said the assailant Tuesday was carrying a 30-centimeter (12-inch) knife and attempted to stab multiple people near a busy intersection in Australia's largest city at around 2 p.m. Fuller described the weapon as a butcher's knife.
Police said a man was arrested, and that a 41-year-old woman with a stab wound to her back was taken to a hospital in stable condition.