Aus­tralian stab­bing at­tack linked to ter­ror­ism

Times Colonist - - World -

MEL­BOURNE, Aus­tralia — A knifewield­ing man stabbed three peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond-largest city on Fri­day in an at­tack po­lice linked to ter­ror­ism.

The at­tack dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour brought cen­tral Mel­bourne to a stand­still. Hun­dreds of peo­ple watched from be­hind bar­ri­cades as po­lice tried to ap­pre­hend the at­tacker.

Po­lice said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and at­tacked three by­standers with a knife. He also at­tempted to at­tack po­lice be­fore he was shot in the chest by an of­fi­cer.

The sus­pect died later at a hos­pi­tal. One of the vic­tims also died, while the two oth­ers were hos­pi­tal­ized.

Po­lice said the at­tacker’s ve­hi­cle con­tained sev­eral bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders in the back. A bomb squad ren­dered them safe with­out any ex­plod­ing.

Vic­to­ria state po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said the sus­pect, who was orig­i­nally from So­ma­lia, was known to po­lice and the in­ci­dent was be­ing treated as ter­ror­ism.

“From what we know of that in­di­vid­ual we are treat­ing this as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent,” Ash­ton told re­porters, adding that the po­lice coun­tert­er­ror­ism com­mand was work­ing on the case, as well as homi­cide de­tec­tives.

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