Knife killer link to Isis
A TERRORIST who stabbed one person to death and wounded two others in Melbourne city centre was inspired by Islamic State, police said.
Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, went on a knife rampage on Friday, having torched a pickup truck that was laden with gas cylinders.
He fought with officers before being shot and later dying in hospital.
Yesterday police said his Australian passport was cancelled in 2015 after an intelligence report said he planned to travel to Syria.
But an assessment was made that while he held radical views, he was not a national security threat.
Senior Federal Police officer Ian Mccartney said: “I think it is fair to say he was inspired [by Islamic State]. He was radicalised.
“We’re not saying there was direct contact.”
Counter-terror experts were searching two properties in Melbourne in connection with the incident.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, without offering evidence.
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