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Man arrested after trying to stab several in Sydney; 1 hurt

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A women is taken by ambulance from Hotel CBD at the corner of King and York Street in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Police and witnesses say a young man yelling about religion and armed with a knife has attempted to stab several people in downtown Sydney before being arrested, with one woman taken to a hospital.

SYDNEY — Australian police and witnesses say a knife-wielding man yelling "Allahu akbar," or "God is great," has attempted to stab several people in Sydney before being arrested, with one person taken to a hospital.

Witnesses say the man, wielding a long knife, attempted to stab multiple people near a busy intersection on Tuesday.

New South Wales state police said in a statement that a man was arrested, and that a woman was taken to a hospital in stable condition. It was unclear whether the man stabbed anyone else.

A witness told reporters that the man was screaming comments about religion, before yelling to police that he wanted to be shot. Police said he used the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar."