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Qld police hunt private school stabber

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An intruder has repeatedly stabbed a security guard at an elite Brisbane girls' school.

The guard was attacked at Somerville House at South Brisbane about 5.30am. He has knife wounds to his lower and upper abdomen and his sides, the ambulance service says.

Police say he was also stabbed in the arms and while his injuries are significant, they are not life threatening.

Detectives are scouring the grounds of the exclusive school and appear focused on a balcony on an upper level of one building. Multiple police units are also searching surrounding streets for the attacker, who fled on foot.

The school will remain open on Wednesday, with a spokeswoman saying students are not in danger.

The guard has been taken to Brisbane's Princess Alexandra hospital in a stable condition, the ambulance service says.

"He was stabbed on the grounds of the school. It looks like he's disturbed an intruder. He was stabbed multiple times," a police spokeswoman said.

"The offender fled. Multiple police units are hunting for him."

A Somerville House spokeswoman said classes would run as usual but students would obviously be kept away from the scene of the stabbing.

Counselling would be offered to any students who needed it.

"The school will be operating as per normal ... the students are not in any danger," she told ABC radio.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the security guard and his family at this time."

Somerville House was established in 1899 and is a day and boarding school for girls from Prep to Year 12. It's also a co-educational school for pre-prep girls and boys.

AAP has sought comment from the hospital.

© AAP 2017

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