French Citizens Praised for Heroic Actions in Stopping Sydney Mall Stabber

Two French citizens hailed as heroes for confronting and chasing down a deadly stabber at a Sydney mall, saving lives. Australian PM offers citizenship to one, highlighting the courage of ordinary individuals in the face of violence.

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French Citizens Praised for Heroic Actions in Stopping Sydney Mall Stabber

French Citizens Praised for Heroic Actions in Stopping Sydney Mall Stabber

Two French citizens, Damien Guerot and Silas Despreaux, are being hailed as heroes for confronting and chasing down a stabber at the Bondi Junction Westfield shopping mall in Sydney, Australia. The attack on Saturday left six people fatally wounded before the attacker was shot dead by police.

Guerot, a construction worker on a temporary visa in Australia, used a plastic bollard to confront the attacker on an escalator in the mall. He then chased the assailant with a chair alongside a police inspector who eventually shot the attacker. Despreaux also assisted in the pursuit of the armed man.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese praised Guerot's "extraordinary bravery" and said he is welcome to stay in Australia as long as he likes, even offering him Australian citizenship. Witnesses commended both Guerot and Despreaux for running towards danger to stop the attack, though Guerot stated that the real hero was the police inspector who shot the attacker.

Why this matters: The heroic actions of the French citizens in stopping the deadly attack highlight the courage of ordinary individuals in the face of violence. Their bravery undoubtedly saved lives and prevented further casualties in the crowded shopping mall.

The Bondi Junction Westfield mall will reopen on Friday after being closed since the incident. On Thursday, the mall will open for a day of community reflection, allowing the public to pay respects to the victims, which included a mother who handed her injured baby to bystanders before succumbing to her wounds. Flowers have been left outside the mall in honor of those who lost their lives in the senseless attack.

Key Takeaways

  • Two French citizens confronted and chased down a stabber in Sydney.
  • The attack left 6 people fatally wounded before the attacker was shot.
  • Australian PM praised the French citizens' bravery and offered citizenship.
  • The mall will reopen after a day of community reflection for victims.
  • The heroic actions of the French citizens saved lives and prevented further casualties.