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Multiple fatalities after stabbing at Cairns home

ABC News ABC News 19/12/2014

A police block at an address in Manoora near Cairns where up to eight victims have reportedly been stabbed to death. © AAP Image/Cleo Fraser A police block at an address in Manoora near Cairns where up to eight victims have reportedly been stabbed to death.

Eight children have been killed in Cairns in far north Queensland.

The victims were aged from 18 months to 15 years and it was believed a number of them were stabbed.

A 34-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with a chest wound.

Detective Inspector Bruno Asnicar said she was helping police with their enquiries.

"As it stands at the moment, there's no need for the public to be concerned about this other than the fact that it's a tragic, tragic event," he said.

"The situation is well controlled at the moment.

"There shouldn't be any concern for anyone else out of this environment."

Emergency crews were called to an address in Murray Street at Manoora around 11:20am (AEST) and a crime scene was declared.

"During an examination of the residence, police located the bodies of the children, all aged between 18 months and 15 years," police said in a statement.

"The woman is receiving treatment for her injuries and is currently assisting police with their investigations."

The Queensland Ambulance Service says the woman had a wound to her chest.

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Scott Forbes from The Cairns Post has told ABC News 24 that it appears the children were discovered by a family friend.

ABC reporter Sharnie Kim says there are police at the property, which has a small park at the back.

"There are about a dozen police vehicles at the scene including the region's most senior detective inspectors," she said.

"Part of the road has been blocked off and a police paddy wagon with lights flashing is at the property as well.

"The media are about 20 metres away from the property."

Police will hold a media briefing shortly.

More to come.

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