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Cairns stabbing: Eight children murdered
By SP_COP on December 19, 2014 | From www.brisbanetimes.com.au
Cairns stabbing: Eight children murdered Eight Cairns children have been stabbed to death and another woman is in hospital with injuries.

The children were aged between 18 months and 15 years old, police have confirmed.

A 34-year-old woman is receiving treatment for serious injuries and is assisting police.

A crime scene has been set up at a home in Murray Street in Manoora, a suburb about four kilometres from the CBD of the North Queensland city of Cairns.

Detectives are searching through the home, which is believed to be used for community housing.

Police were called to the property about 11.20am, following reports of a woman with serious injuries.

They have now set up a a mobile centre at the scene, with officers from the Cairns Criminal Investigation Branch, Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Scenes of Crime and Scientific section at the scene.

Cairns Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the incident was "extremely distressing", however he was unable to confirm the relationships between the victims.

When asked whether the woman in hospital was in police custody, he said: "No, not at all. She's assisting us with our inquiries at this stage."

"As it stands at the moment, there's no need for the public to be concerned about this other than that it's a tragic, tragic event. The situation is well controlled at the moment," he told reporters.

"There shouldn't be any concerns for anyone else out of this environment and as we progress further we'll be sharing the results of our investigation.

"The crime scene is being locked down. That includes, from me. Nobody goes in there until our forensic people are finished and until we have done that we're not going to be able to clearly establish any relationships."

"This is not a small job, we're not taking this lightly at all. We don't do that here in the Far North, This will be done to the nth degree and we will cover every angle before this is finished."

Police are expected to provide an update to the investigation at 4.30pm.

Senior family members have told Sky News that don't want the victims publicly identified until every member of the family has been notified.

They have asked the media to be respectful of customs surrounding the naming of deceased Torres Strait Islanders.

Flowers are being dropped off at the scene, while locals have planned a vigil at Cairns' Martin Munro Park at 6pm.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott issued a statement on Friday afternoon, describing the incident as "an unspeakable crime".

"All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened," he said.

"These are trying days for our country. Tonight, there will be tears and prayers for these children."...
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