1 dead and 2 in­jured in Mel­bourne ter­ror at­tack

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

SYD­NEY — Po­lice said Sat­ur­day that a man fa­tally stabbed an­other and in­jured two in what they de­scribed as a ter­ror­ist at­tack in cen­tral Mel­bourne.

The man, Has­sain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, got out of a pickup, which then caught fire, and stabbed three men, one of whom died at the scene on Fri­day.

Vic­to­ria state Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton said that Shire Ali, who was shot by po­lice and later died in a hos­pi­tal, had planned for his ve­hi­cle to ex­plode, but bar­be­cue gas cylin­ders in the back of the pickup failed to ig­nite.

Ash­ton said Shire Ali, who moved to Aus­tralia from So­ma­lia in the 1990s, was known to po­lice and the fed­eral in­tel­li­gence au­thor­ity partly be­cause his brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was in court this year in Mel­bourne, ac­cused of plot­ting an­other at­tack.

Ash­ton said Shire Ali had a crim­i­nal his­tory for cannabis use and theft.

The Is­lamic State claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack in a state­ment re­leased through its Aa­maq me­dia arm. The mil­i­tant group of­ten claims re­spon­si­bil­ity for at­tacks with­out any clear con­nec­tion.

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