Ter­ror­ist at­tacker killed man as he ran amok with knife af­ter leap­ing from car

Yorkshire Post - - UK & ABROAD -

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

The at­tack dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour brought the cen­tre of Aus­tralia’s sec­ond largest city to a stand­still.

Po­lice said the man got out of a ve­hi­cle, which then caught fire, and at­tacked three by­standers with a knife be­fore be­ing shot by po­lice.

The sus­pect died later in hos­pi­tal. One of the vic­tims also died and the two oth­ers were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

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

Su­per­in­ten­dent David Clay­ton said po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of a burn­ing ve­hi­cle.

Of­fi­cers were con­fronted near the burn­ing car by a man “bran­dish­ing a knife and threat­en­ing them” while passers-by called out that peo­ple had been stabbed, he said.

One wit­ness said one of the stab­bing vic­tims, be­lieved to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face.

A bomb squad made the scene safe. Of­fi­cers said the car con­tained sev­eral bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice tweeted a re­quest for wit­nesses to speak to po­lice and share any im­ages that might help the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Vic­to­ria state pre­mier Daniel An­drews said the at­tack was “an evil and ter­ri­fy­ing thing that has hap­pened in our city and state to­day”.

Mr Ash­ton added: “From what we know of that in­di­vid­ual we are treat­ing this as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent,” adding that the po­lice counter-ter­ror­ism com­mand was work­ing on the case as well as homi­cide de­tec­tives.

“He’s known to po­lice mainly in re­spect to rel­a­tives that he has which cer­tainly are per­sons of in­ter­est to us, and he’s some­one that ac­cord­ingly is know to both Vic­to­rian po­lice and the fed­eral in­tel­li­gence au­thor­i­ties.”

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