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Eight children killed in Cairns
19 Dec 2014 20:08
Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns.
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Local reports have said the children were stabbed to death, but this has not been confirmed by police.
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Queensland state police said in a statement they were called to a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora just before midday local time after reports of a woman with serious injuries on the premises.
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They found the bodies of the children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, when they were examining the house.
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Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said police believed the woman was the mother of seven of the children.
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"There is no formal suspect," Mr Asnicar told reporters.
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"We are talking to a range of people. Anybody who has had any involvement in the past two or three days is a person of interest," he said.
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The 34-year-old woman is receiving treatment for her injuries, police said, and was assisting them with their investigation.
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Forensic officers have locked down the scene and there has been no formal identification of the children.
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