1 dead and 2 injured in Melbourne terror attack
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.