Mel­bourne Knife At­tacker Was In­spired by ISIS, Po­lice say

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Aman who stabbed one per­son to death in a ter­ror­ist at­tack in Mel­bourne was known to Po­lice and was the brother of a man ar­rested on ter­ror charges last year, Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties say. So­mali-born Has­sain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylin­ders in a busy shop­ping area of the city on Fri­day, stab­bing three peo­ple, one fa­tally, be­fore he was shot dead by Po­lice.

Po­lice said that “there are links” be­tween Ali and ISIS in the form of in­spi­ra­tion, rather than direct con­tact with the ter­ror group. Counter-ter­ror­ism in­ves­ti­ga­tors were search­ing two prop­er­ties in sub­ur­ban Mel­bourne yes­ter­day morn­ing as part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said the man’s brother was ar­rested last year on charges of plan­ning an at­tack in Mel­bourne and is cur­rently be­ing held in prison await­ing trial. “He is cer­tainly some­one who is known to both us and the fed­eral au­thor­i­ties in re­la­tion to coun­tert­er­ror­ism and ter­ror­ism-re­lated mat­ters,” he told Chan­nel 7’s Sun­rise pro­gramme.

“He is the brother of an of­fender or a sus­pect that we ar­rested late last year in re­la­tion to the prepa­ra­tion of a ter­ror­ist event.”

Po­lice were first called to re­ports of a car on fire, but when they ar­rived, they were at­tacked by the man, who was armed with a knife. Videos taken by by­standers show a lengthy con­fronta­tion be­tween the Po­lice and the at­tacker, as bewil­dered shop­pers pass by.

The man lunges re­peat­edly at the two of­fi­cers with his knife, while they at­tempt to in­ca­pac­i­tate him with pep­per spray and a taser. One mem­ber of the pub­lic tries to help the Po­lice by hurl­ing a me­tal shop­ping trol­ley at the knife­man as he charges across the street.

Even­tu­ally one of the of­fi­cers draws his pis­tol and shoots the at­tacker in the chest, who then drops to the ground.

Pho­tos: EPA

Video showed a man wield­ing a knife at­tempt to stab and slash at two Po­lice of­fi­cers be­fore he was shot and fell to the ground.

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