NSW Police have confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the Joint Counter Terrorism Team is now also investigating the nature of the stabbings in Queanbeyan.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the stabbing spree that left one man dead "raised sufficient concern" to involve the Joint Counter Terrorism Team.
Two teenage boys have been arrested in Queanbeyan, NSW, after they allegedly stabbed a service station employee to death and left another man in a serious condition during a crime spree.
The victim, 29, was working at the Caltex service station on Bungendore Road near the NSW-ACT border. He was found with fatal stab wounds by another service station worker preparing to start their shift. The injured man was assisted but did not survive.
In the early hours of Friday morning NSW Police appealed for public assistance in finding the boys. Police located the teenagers travelling in a silver Ford Falcon and after a short pursuit arrested them without incident.
The boys allegedly stabbed another man in a separate incident around 6.20am on Friday morning. He is currently in a serious but stable condition at Canberra Hospital.
"It doesn't get much more serious than this," superintendent Rod Smith told the ABC. "We'd just like to reassure everybody that there are two people that we believe are involved, and both of those people are currently in custody."
Tim Overall, the administrator for the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, wrote in a Facebook post that the entire community was shocked.
"We are all saddened and our thoughts are with the young man's family, friends and colleagues," he wrote.
Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.
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