Aus­tralia: Stab­bing at­tack linked to ter­ror­ism

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

SYD­NEY — 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 who ar­rived on the scene be­fore be­ing fa­tally shot in the chest by an of­fi­cer.

Po­lice said the at­tacker’s ve­hi­cle con­tained sev­eral bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders.

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.

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