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PostSubject: The reason for the season (but have "no concern")   Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:38 pm

Stabbings in Cairns, Australia leave 8 children dead, woman injured


The Associated Press Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:40 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014 9:01 AM ET

Distraught locals embrace at the scene after eight children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found dead in a house in Manoora, near Cairns, Australia on Friday. (Romy Bullerjah/EPA)




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  • Victims aged between 18 months and 15 years
  • Police believe woman taken to hospital with stab wounds is mother of 7 of the victims


Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said.

Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her relatives, Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said. She was receiving treatment for her injuries and was in stable condition at a hospital.


Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years.

A woman lays a bunch of flowers across the road from the scene of a multiple stabbing in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday. Eight children were found dead and a 34-year-old woman is in hospital with chest injuries. (Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Asnicar declined to say how the children died.

He said he didn't believe there was a multiple murderer still at large and that police were talking to the woman. Asked if she was a suspect, he said officials have not yet identified any suspects and were questioning everyone who had contact with the family in the past two to three  days.

"As it stands at the moment, there's no need for the public to be concerned about this other than the fact that it's a tragic, tragic event," Asnicar said. "The situation is well controlled at the moment. There shouldn't be any concern for anyone else out of this environment."

PM Abbott releases statement on 'heartbreaking' tragedy

Lisa Thaiday, who said she was the injured woman's cousin, said one of the woman's other sons, a 20-year-old, came home and found his brothers and sisters dead inside the house.

"I'm going to see him now, he needs comforting," Thaiday said. "We're a big family ... I just can't believe it. We just found out [about] those poor babies."

The street has been cordoned off and a crime scene will remain in place for at least the next day, Asnicar said.
Dozens of police descended on the home, and crowds of locals stood outside the police barricades, some of them wiping away tears.

"These events are extremely distressing for everyone of course and police officers aren't immune from that — we're human beings as well," Ascinar said.

The tragedy comes as Australia is still reeling from the shock of a deadly siege in a Sydney cafe earlier this week. On Monday, a gunman burst into a cafe in the heart of the city and took 18 people inside hostage. Two hostages were killed along with the gunman after police stormed in 16 hours later in a bid to end the siege.

"The news out of Cairns is heartbreaking," Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement. "All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime. These are trying days for our country."

The deadly incident happened in northeast Queensland, in Manoora, a suburb near the city of Cairns. (Google Maps)

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PostSubject: Re: The reason for the season (but have "no concern")   Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:32 pm

Horrible.
Words do not do justice.
How the hell can anyone on this planet "not be concerned"?!
This story was not front-page when I first saw it last night, but it sticks out like a sore thumb internationally.

I posted this on the stinks-in-Sidney thread but it is far enough away from Sidney to perhaps be considered a separate incident. How can there not be a suspect or even a person of interest? I'd be very surprised if the perpetrator wasn't jewish or perscribed a psychotropic drug by jewish doc. Don't police departments know this by now when looking for someone with a psyche capable of something like this, or are they forbidden from these obvious lines of thought?

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PostSubject: Re: The reason for the season (but have "no concern")   Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:38 pm

Throats cut, I suspect.  Odd that they are not disclosing what they know.  Move along, nothing to see.  Aus and US are  spiritual sinkholes.

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PostSubject: Re: The reason for the season (but have "no concern")   Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:26 pm

wag wrote:
Throats cut, I suspect.  Odd that they are not disclosing what they know.  Move along, nothing to see.  Aus and US are  spiritual sinkholes.

The story is already off front-page/center replaced by NK 'hacking' Sony.

I definitely get the impression the media does not want to cover this.

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PostSubject: Re: The reason for the season (but have "no concern")   Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:23 am

US media does not often dwell much on doings in Australia despite similarities to US. Other than Sydney siege, the last big story IIRC was Oz wildfires some years ago.

Plus the Manoora massacre uncomfortably points to lack of gun control effectiveness?
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