A witness to the Westfield Bondi Junction knife attack says he saw a man with a ‘foot long’ knife

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Sarah Blake
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The TRG at one of Sydney’s busiest shopping centre following multiple stabbings.
The TRG at one of Sydney’s busiest shopping centre following multiple stabbings. Credit: Kym Aust-Howlett/X/supplied

A sunny Saturday afternoon in one of Sydney’s busiest shopping districts was plunged into a nightmare when a man stabbed several people before being shot by a police officer.

Bondi Junction was locked down by hundreds of police after the shocking attack, that left at least seven dead and seven injured.

Dozens of shoppers and witnesses remained at the scene at 5.20pm as helicopters circled overhead.

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Many were in tears recounting what happened.

Emergency services at the scene of what could be a terror attack at Bondi Junction.
Emergency services at the scene of what could be a terror attack at Bondi Junction. Credit: Sarah Blake

Construction engineer Mark Selvey, 63, from Birmingham in England, said he had a terrifying encounter with the attacker.

“I had come out of shaver shop and there were people running past,” he said.

“I looked around and there was a guy in front of me. He had a foot long knife down by his side with a brown handle.

“It looked rusty, it could have been red. He looked me in the eye.

“He looked in his 20s with brown curly hair. He didn’t say anything.

“I don’t know how I felt. I just turned and ran.

“I saw a police woman chasing and within a minute there were two shots.”

Witness Mark Selvey believes he interacted with the attacker moments before the violence began.
Witness Mark Selvey believes he interacted with the attacker moments before the violence began. Credit: Sarah Blake

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