Knife­man shot dead in Mel­bourne at­tack

‘TER­ROR­IST’ STABS BY­STANDERS

The Chronicle - - World - A burned out ve­hi­cle is seen af­ter a ‘ter­ror at­tack’ in Mel­bourne

A KNIFE-WIELD­ING man has stabbed three peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Mel­bourne in an at­tack po­lice linked to ter­ror­ism.

The at­tack brought the cen­tre of Aus­tralia’s sec­ond largest city to a stand­still. Hun­dreds watched from be­hind bar­ri­cades as po­lice tried to ap­pre­hend the at­tacker.

Of­fi­cers said the man got out of a pick-up truck, which then caught fire, and at­tacked three by­standers with a knife. He also at­tempted to at­tack po­lice who ar­rived on the scene, be­fore be­ing shot by an of­fi­cer. He died in hos­pi­tal.

One of the vic­tims also died, while two oth­ers were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the at­tacker’s ve­hi­cle con­tained sev­eral bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders in the back. A bomb squad ren­dered them safe.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Graham Ash­ton said the sus­pect, orig­i­nally from So­ma­lia, was known to po­lice and the in­ci­dent was be­ing treated as ter­ror­ism. “He’s known mainly in re­spect to rel­a­tives he has, and he’s known to both Vic­to­rian po­lice and fed­eral in­tel­li­gence au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

The Is­lamic State group claimed the at­tack in a state­ment re­leased through its Aa­maq me­dia arm.

Prime min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son con­demned the at­tack and said: “Australians will never be in­tim­i­dated by th­ese ap­palling at­tacks and we will con­tinue to go about our lives and en­joy the free­doms that the ter­ror­ists detest”.

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