Knife killer link to Isis

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Karen Rock­ett

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.

A PUB named The Dog, in Grundis­burgh, near Wood­bridge, Suf­folk, has been crowned Bri­tain’s most dogfriendly boozer.

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