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Man Charged With Attempted Murder Following University Stabbing

ACT Police have charged a 24-year-old man with attempted murder following multiple stabbings at the Australian National University (ANU) on Monday.

Police alleged at about 2:40pm, the man hit a male student on the head with a frying pan, before he was able to run away from the scene.

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The suspect then stabbed a 20-year-old female student multiple times before chasing a second 20-year-old woman and stabbing her.

It’s alleged and punched a second male student.

The suspect has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault and one count of possessing an object to be used to kill.  

Police and ACT Ambulance Service paramedics attended the scene, transferring the two female victims to hospital.

One was in a serious but stable condition and the other was in a stable conditions.

The two male victims did not require hospitalisation.  

Attending police were directed by witnesses to the location of the 24-year-old man and he was taken into custody.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt thanked attending services for their response to the incident.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the swift and efficient response from ACT Policing, ACT Ambulance Service and our own ANU Security team,” he said.

“I understand this incident may have caused distress among members of our community and I want to remind you that support is available. In times like these, it is essential we support one another and stay connected as a community.”

No motive for the incident has been identified and police do not believe the victims knew the offender.  

Any person who witnessed the incident or has footage of the incident (and they have not already spoken to police) is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via referencing P2193413. 

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