Reports of multiple people stabbed at Sydney mall; witnesses say they heard gunfire

Hundreds of people were evacuated from a shopping centre in Sydney after a suspected stabbing, news site reports.

A police operation is underway at the busy mall near Bondi Beach after the suspected stabbing, according to the news site.

Two witnesses tell Reuters they heard shots fired.

One of the witnesses said they saw a woman lying on the ground before sheltering in a jewellery store.

New South Wales state police say a police operation is underway but do not provide further details.

Several posts on social media showed crowds fleeing the mall and police cars and emergency services rushing to the area.

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