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Mel­bourne cops claim the at­tack to be an act of ter­ror as the So­ma­lian sus­pect was known to in­tel agen­cies

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Knife-wield­ing man stabs two peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond-largest city Mel­bourne, in an at­tack that ISIS has claimed

Syd­ney: A knife-wield­ing man stabbed two peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond­largest city on Fri­day in an at­tack likely linked to ter­ror­ism, po­lice said. The at­tack dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour brought cen­tral Mel­bourne 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 at a hos­pi­tal. One of the vic­tims also died and the two oth­ers were hos­pi­talised.

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

State po­lice 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.

Mean­while, the Is­lamic State group claimed the stab­bing at­tack, through its pro­pa­ganda chan­nel said.

The per­pe­tra­tor of the op­er­a­tion in Mel­bourne was an Is­lamic State fighter and car­ried out the op­er­a­tion to tar­get na­tion­als of the coali­tion fight­ing the IS.

Amaq News Agency

—AFP

Po­lice work at the crime scene fol­low­ing a stab­bing in­ci­dent in Mel­bourne on Fri­day

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