EFESydney, Australia

Four people were stabbed in a "random" knife attack at a beach on the North Shore of New Zealand's most populous city of Auckland on Thursday morning, with one man taken into custody after he was apprehended by members of the public.

The assailant, who Waitemata district police commander Superintendent Naila Hassan said in a press conference was a "local" man brandishing "quite a large knife," stabbed four people late morning at Murray's Bay beach, 20 kilometers north of downtown Auckland.

As the man traveled on foot to the next beach, Mairangi Bay, "a number of members of the public were following him and eventually one of them intervened," minutes before police arrived, Hassan said.

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