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Eight children aged from 18 months to 15 years have been found stabbed to death inside a house in Manoora suburb of the city of Cairns in far north Queensland, police have confirmed.
Authorities were initially called in the scene after reports of a woman with serious injuries around 11.20am local time.
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. A 34-year-old woman who was injured in the mass stabbing has been taken to hospital.
Police have cordoned off the house and closed traffic on Murray St. while detectives are searching through the property. Ambulances also remain on scene.
The children were apparently all siblings and the 34-year-old was their mother, a cousin of the injured woman told AAP. According to Lisa Thaiday, another 20-year-old sibling was the one who found his brothers and sisters dead inside the house.
I'm going to see him now, he needs comforting. We're a big family ... I just can't believe it. We just found out [about] those poor babies,"
Thaiday said, as quoted by AFP.