Stabber drove car loaded with gas cylinders: Cops
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