Ter­ror­ist shot dead af­ter Mel­bourne stab­bing frenzy

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY TREVOR MARSHALLSEA

A KNIFE-wield­ing man has stabbed three peo­ple, one fa­tally, in Mel­bourne in an at­tack po­lice linked to ter­ror­ism.

The at­tack dur­ing the af­ter­noon rush hour brought the cen­tre of Aus­tralia’s sec­ond largest city to a stand­still. Hun­dreds of peo­ple watched from be­hind bar­ri­cades as po­lice tried to ap­pre­hend the at­tacker.

Of­fi­cers said the man got out of a pick-up 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 shot in the chest by an of­fi­cer. He died in hos­pi­tal.

One of the vic­tims also died, while the two oth­ers were ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice said the at­tacker’s ve­hi­cle con­tained sev­eral bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders in the back.

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

“From what we know of that in­di­vid­ual we are treat­ing this as a ter­ror­ism in­ci­dent,” he said, adding that the po­lice counter-ter­ror­ism com­mand was work­ing on the case with homi­cide de­tec­tives.

“He’s known to po­lice mainly in­re­spect­torel­a­tivesthathe­has which cer­tainly are per­sons of in­ter­est to us, and he’s some­one that ac­cord­ingly is know to both Vic­to­rian po­lice and the fed­eral in­tel­li­gence au­thor­i­ties,” he said.

The Is­lamic State group claimed the at­tack in a state­ment re­leased through its Aa­maq me­dia arm.

The at­tack oc­curred on the eve of a busy week­end in Mel­bourne, with a ma­jor horse race sched­uled for to­day. To­mor­row is also Re­mem­brance Day, when me­mo­rial cer­e­monies for the First World War are held.

Mr Ash­ton said po­lice were “do­ing se­cu­rity re­assess­ments of th­ese events in light of what’s oc­curred”, but there was “no on­go­ing threat we’re cur­rently aware of”.

A by­s­tander runs past a burn­ingve­hi­cleinMel­bourne af­ter the driver stopped it and stabbed a num­ber of peo­pleand (in­set) the at­tacker is con­fronted by po­lice of­fi­cers

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