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25 Aug 2017

Several injured in attack on Australian National University campus in Canberra

Four students at the Australian National University in Canberra have been injured and a man arrested after what appears to be a random attack.
Police were called to the ANU campus on Friday morning after a man allegedly walked into a classroom in the Copland precinct about 9.15am and assaulted up to four people.
Four people were taken to hospital, ACT Health said.
Officers said there was “no ongoing threat to public safety”.
Police and the university have given no indication of a motive.
The university’s deputy-vice chancellor, Marnie Hughes-Warrington, is expected to address the media alongside police latertoday.
There have been reports that a baseball bat was used in the attack but police are yet to confirm that detail. A witness described the man as young, possibly in his 20s.
ANU issued a short statement on Friday morning, saying its primary concern was the welfare of its students. It immediately provided counselling services to those affected.
“The university’s first priority is the welfare of our staff and students, counselling services are being provided to all those affected,” it said.
“ACT police were called and attended the scene where one person was detained.
“There is no ongoing threat to public safety.”
ANU students were sent a message in the hours after the attack.
“You may be aware that earlier today an incident occurred in the Copland precinct of the ANU campus. There is no threat to the safety and security of staff and students on campus,” the message read.
“If you or someone you know is in distress or needs assistance, there is help available.”

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