One knifed to death in Oz ter­ror at­tack ... IS claims RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

Millennium Post - - World -

MEL­BOURNE: A man set a car on fire and stabbed three peo­ple, killing one of them, be­fore be­ing fa­tally shot in the Aus­tralian city of Mel­bourne, in an at­tack claimed by the Is­lamic State ter­ror group to tar­get for­eign­ers.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice Chief Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said the man who stabbed three mem­bers of the pub­lic and at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers has died in a hos­pi­tal.

"We are now treat­ing this as a ter­ror­ism event," said Ash­ton, adding that the sus­pect is "some­one that is known to us".

''I'm not at lib­erty at this point to dis­close the iden­tity of that per­son. But we are, as I say, hav­ing counter-ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tions un­der way. The per­son is known to po­lice. He's known to po­lice mainly in re­spect to rel­a­tives that he has that are cer­tainly per­sons of in­ter­est to us. He is some­one that, ac­cord­ingly, is known to both Vic­to­ria Po­lice and fed­eral in­tel­li­gence,'' Ash­ton said.

The man was shot af­ter con­fronting po­lice of­fi­cers on a busy city street, au­thor­i­ties said. He was taken into cus­tody in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion. He suc­cumbed to the gun­shot wounds in the Royal Mel­bourne Hos­pi­tal.

"The per­pe­tra­tor of the op­er­a­tion... in Mel­bourne... was an Is­lamic State fighter and car­ried out the op­er­a­tion... to tar­get na­tion­als of the coali­tion" fight­ing the Is­lamic State, the ter­ror group's pro­pa­ganda out­let, Amaq, said.

Of­fi­cers were ini­tially called to re­ports of a car fire near Bourke Street, a busy thor­ough­fare, at about 4.20pm lo­cal time.

"As they got out of the car, they were con­fronted by a male bran­dish­ing a knife and threat­en­ing them," Supt David Clay­ton told re­porters.

Footage cap­tured the shock­ing scenes as a car went up in flames and po­lice shot the knife-wield­ing man in the chest af­ter he con­fronted of­fi­cers as they ar­rived at the scene.

Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son has said Aus­tralians will "never be in­tim­i­dated by th­ese ap­palling at­tacks". Vic­to­ria Premier Daniel An­drews has called the at­tack an "evil and ter­ri­ble thing".

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