Will and Kate issue heartfelt statement after Bondi Junction attack

The royal couple have issued a message to the victims and survivors of the stabbing spree at a Westfield in Bondi on Saturday.

As stories from the deadly stabbing spree at a Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction in Sydney's eastern suburbs continue to emerge, the Prince and Princess of Wales have reacted to the shocking scenes.

In a short and heartfelt message posted to social media, William and Kate said they were "saddened" to see the violent scenes on Saturday which left five women and one man dead, and eight others in hospital including a baby.

"We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Sydney earlier today," the royals wrote.

"Our thoughts are with all those affected, including the loved ones of those lost and the heroic emergency responders who risked their own lives to save others."

Prince William and Princess Catherine pictured (left) and their statement (right)
Kensington Palace has issued a statement in wake of the Bondi Junction tragedy. Source: AAP/Instagram

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Earlier Prime Minister Anthony Albanese also praised the officer who shot and killed the perpetrator as he addressed the nation hours after the horrific rampage at the shopping centre.

"For all of us tonight, the devastating scenes at Bondi Junction are beyond words or understanding," he said. "Australians will be shocked this evening. This was a horrific act of violence indiscriminately targeted at the innocent people going about an ordinary Saturday, doing their shopping."

The Prime Minster referred to the officer, who will be formerly interviewed on Sunday, as a "hero".

"There’s no doubt that she saved lives through her actions, and it is a reminder that the people who wear uniform rush to danger, not away from it.

"We give thanks to every one of them for their actions."

Federal Oppostion Leader Peter Dutton said Australians would be in shock over the "tragic and terrifying events" and grieving for those who died.

He thanked the police officers and first responders who acted quickly to save others.

NSW Premier Chris Minns said he was horrified to hear of the attack and was making immediate arrangements to return to Sydney.

"I want to thank NSW Police, emergency services and first responders and the community for their bravery in the face of this shocking incident," the premier said.

with AAP

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