Mass killing in Aus­tralia

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SYD­NEY: Aus­tralian po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a mass killing af­ter find­ing seven dead peo­ple, in­clud­ing four chil­dren, in a ru­ral town in the Mar­garet River wine-grow­ing re­gion yes­ter­day.

The bod­ies were found at or near a prop­erty in Os­ming­ton, Western Aus­tralia’s Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Chris Daw­son said, adding firearms were found and there ap­peared to be gun­shot wounds. “I can only de­scribe it as hor­rific.”

Gun crime in Aus­tralia fell sharply af­ter strict con­trols were in­tro­duced in re­sponse to a mass shoot­ing in 1996, when a gun­man killed 35 in Tas­ma­nia.

That prompted the gov­ern­ment to buy back or con­fis­cate a mil­lion firearms and make it harder to buy new ones.

The lat­est killings could prove to be the sin­gle big­gest in­ci­dent of gun-re­lated deaths since 1996.

Po­lice said they went to the prop­erty af­ter get­ting a tele­phone call. “The tele­phone call we’ve recorded,” said Daw­son, who would not com­ment on the iden­tity of the caller. He said homi­cide de­tec­tives were help­ing po­lice. – Reuters

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