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Woman arrested after eight children killed in Australia

The 37-year-old mother of most of the eight children found dead in a mass stabbing in Australia's tropical northern city of Cairns has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police have confirmed.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said the woman, who was hospitalised on Friday with stab wounds, was lucid and awake and talking to police.

Asnicar said the woman was the mother of seven of the eight children, aged 18 months to 15 years. The eighth child was her niece.

Queensland premier: We are all shocked by this tragedy

Queensland premier Campbell Newman said he was "deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events in Cairns today", The Guardian reports.

Indeed, the whole Cairns community and the people of Queensland will feel the effects of this tragedy, particularly at a time of year when families come together.

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those concerned.

– Campbell Newman


Child trauma specialists assisting Cairns police

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.

Woman in hospital is mother of 'most' of children killed

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 Credit: Reuters

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.

Mass stabbing 'shocked the community of Cairns'

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.

Neighbours weep as they learn of Cairns mass stabbing

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 PM: Cairns mass stabbing is 'unspeakable crime'

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".

He added:

All parents would feel a gut-wrenching sadness at what has happened. This is an unspeakable crime.

Tonight, there will be tears and prayers across our country for these children.

– Tony Abbott

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.

Pictures: Forensic teams at scene of mass stabbing

Forensic teams have sealed off a house in the Manoora area of Cairns, Australia, after eight children were found dead in what police say was a mass stabbing.

Forensic teams at the house Credit: 7 News

The children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found inside after officers were called to reports of a seriously injured woman in the area.

Police chiefs have sealed off the street and say investigators could be at the house for several days.

Forensic teams at the house Credit: 7 News

Detectives: 'No concern' for anyone else in Cairns

Police chiefs in Cairns, Australia, have said there is "no concern" for anyone else living near the scene of a mass stabbing which left eight children dead.

The youngsters, aged between 18 months and 15 years, were found dead after reports of a woman who was seriously injured.

Watch a video of Det Insp Bruno Asnicar's press conference here:

DI Asnicar said there was "no need" for anyone else to worry.

A 34-year-old woman was also found at the scene with serious injuries, reported to be the children's mother. She is currently helping police with their inquiries.

Eight children found dead after 'mass stabbing' in Australia

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".

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Officers were called to a house in Murray Street, Cairns, after reports of a woman with serious injuries. The children were found dead inside.

The woman, who is in her 30s, is being treated in hospital and is helping police with their investigations.

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