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'No place' for extremism after church stabbing: PM

Anthony Albanese has called for the community to come together following a stabbing at a Sydney church, which has been labelled a terrorist incident.

NSW Police are seen at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in the suburb of Wakeley in Sydney, Tuesday, April 16. Image AAP

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has declared there is "no place" for extremism in Australia following a stabbing at a Sydney church.

A 15-year-old boy is in custody after the Monday night attack at Christ the Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley, where Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was stabbed during a live-streamed sermon.

The stabbing has been declared a terrorist incident.

Anthony Albanese has condemned the violence and attacks on police and police cars.

"This is a disturbing incident, there is no place for violence in our community, there's no place for violent extremism," he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

"We're a peace-loving nation, this is a time to unite, not divide, as a community and as a country."

The national security committee has met following the stabbing with a joint counter-terrorism taskforce set up with federal police and ASIO.

The attack led to violence on the street near the Assyrian church, where hundreds of people gathered and scores of police tried to disperse the crowd during which officers were injured and vehicles damaged.

Mr Albanese denounced the violence.

"We understand the distress and concerns that are there in the community, particularly after the tragic event at Bondi Junction on Saturday," he said.

"But it's not acceptable to impede and injure police doing their duty, or to damage police vehicles in a way that we saw last night.

"People should not take the law into their own hands, but should allow our police and our security agencies to do their job."


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