The bodies of eight children aged between 18 months and 15 years have been found at a house in Australia, in what police have said was a "mass stabbing".
Local police in Cairns said that a range of specialists were flying to the area to assist the investigation and support the family of the children who have died.
A 34-year-old woman in hospital suffering serious injuries after a mass stabbing in Cairns, Australia, is the mother of "most" of the eight children found dead at the scene, police have revealed.
The children were aged between 18 months and 15 years.
Det Insp Bruno Asnicar said the woman is believed to be the mother of seven of the children.
The eighth child is thought to be another relative, he added.
He called the incident "one of the most serious" he had ever had to deal with.
An Australian city has been shaken by the death of eight children in what appears to be a "mass stabbing", a reporter at the scene told Good Morning Britain.
Cairns, a "picturesque" city in the northwest of Australia has been shocked by the deaths of the children, the youngest being just 18 months old, according to Channel 7 reporter Lauren Dejoux.
Emotional neighbours have gathered near a house in Cairns, Australia, where eight children were found dead in a mass stabbing.
People spoke of their shock at learning the news, as friends wept and comforted one another.
A 34-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after being found at the house with serious injuries.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has paid tribute to eight children killed in a mass stabbing at a house in Cairns, calling the incident "heartbreaking" and "an unspeakable crime".
While unrelated, it comes just days after a 16-hour armed siege ended with the death of two hostages and the gunman.
Mr Abbott said these were "trying days" for the country.
A migration thinktank has warned that a 'black market' in labour and the crisis in the Middle East are among factors increasing pressure of Britain's borders.
It comes as official figures show a dramatic increase in the number of illegal immigrants, or 'clandestines' being caught trying to sneak into the UK.
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migrationwatch, told the Daily Telegraph the UK was "very attractive" to those trying to escape.
Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who was at the helm on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy, is due to give evidence in the inquest into the disaster today.
The ex-player will take to the witness box in the final afternoon session before the Christmas adjournment.
Upon the request of South Yorkshire Police, Mr Dalglish broadcast a message to football fans asking for calm as events unfolded more than 25 years ago.
A total of 96 Liverpool fans were killed at the FA Cup semi-final match against Nottingham Forest, held at Sheffield Wednesday's stadium in April 1989.