Stab­ber drove car loaded with gas cylin­ders: Cops

DNA (Delhi) - - WORLD - —REUTERS

Syd­ney: A man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylin­ders in the cen­tre of the Aus­tralian city of Mel­bourne on Fri­day and stabbed three peo­ple, killing one, be­fore he was shot by po­lice in what they called a ter­ror­ist at­tack.

The util­ity truck car­ry­ing bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders was on fire on crowded Bourke Street as the So­mali-born driver stabbed by­standers and at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers.

The cylin­ders did not ex­plode and the fire was put out in 10 min­utes, by which point the ram­page was over.

“We are still try­ing to piece to­gether whether the ve­hi­cle was lit then he got out the car or whether he got out the car and then the ve­hi­cle took flame,” Vic­to­ria Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton told re­porters.

Video posted to Twit­ter and broad­cast on tele­vi­sion showed the man swing­ing a knife at two po­lice of­fi­cers, while his truck burned in the back­ground.

One of the of­fi­cers then shot the man and he col­lapsed to the ground clutch­ing his chest, the video showed. Other footage showed two stab vic­tims ly­ing on the ground nearby and bleed­ing.

The at­tacker died in hos­pi­tal, as did one of the vic­tims, Ash­ton said. “From what we know of that in­di­vid­ual, we are treat­ing this as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent,” he said of the at­tacker.

The burnt out ve­hi­cle

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