Australia: Stabbing attack linked to terrorism
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.