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Seven people found dead in Western Australia, police say

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    Police near the property where seven people were found dead in Osmington, Western Australia.Image copyright AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORP
    Image caption Police near the scene in Osmington, Western Australia

    Seven people have been found dead at a rural property in Western Australia (WA), police have confirmed.

    The bodies of four children and three adults were discovered in the town of Osmington, 280km (170 miles) south of Perth, on Friday.

    Authorities would not say how the victims died, but confirmed that two firearms were found at the scene.

    There was no ongoing threat to public safety, police said. They would not confirm reports of a murder-suicide.

    “The bodies of two adults were located outside [and] five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property,” said WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

    “It appears that gunshot wounds are there, but I don’t want to go further than that.”

    If confirmed to be a mass shooting, it would be Australia’s worst since a massacre in Tasmania claimed the lives of 35 people in 1996.

    ‘Significant tragedy’

    The victims were most likely residents of the property, authorities said.

    “I’m not in a position to release any further details about the identities of the deceased,” Mr Dawson said.

    “The loss of any life is tragic, but four children and three adults – this is a significant tragedy.”

    He said police would launch a large-scale investigation, and were contacting relatives of those who had died.

    “This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, [and] the whole community,” he said.

    Authorities were called to the scene at 05:15 local time (21:15 GMT on Thursday) after receiving a phone call from a “male person”, Mr Dawson said.

    Osmington is a sparsely populated town about 20km from Margaret River, a popular tourism area.

    Locals in the area were shocked, one resident told the BBC. “It’s not something you would expect to happen in Margaret River,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.

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