Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Australian police say stabbing attack linked to terrorism

1 killed 2 injured as knife-wielding attacker goes on rampage in central Melbourne Twitter meegslouise
Ellis Copeland | 09 November, 2018, 17:55

A Somali man went on a stabbing rampage in the city of Melbourne on Friday after driving a auto laden with gas cylinders up on a footpath, where it caught fire, and police said they are treating the attack as terrorism.

The incident took place at Bourke Street as reported by Victoria Police.

Unverified video online shows a vehicle on fire pulled over to the side of the street.

The other two are into the hospital including one suffering from a neck injury and is suspected to be in critical condition.

In a later statement, police said the man assaulted police, fled on foot, then was shot while lunging at police with the knife.

Police had been called to the vehicle at 4.20pm Friday, local time, by which time the man had already started attacking bystanders.

One witness claimed the assailant was yelling "allahu akbar" and is believed to be known to counter-terrorism agencies, the Melbourne Age reports.

Police are treating the incident as a terror attack.

Another dramatic video shows two presumably plain-clothes police officers arresting the attacker after he was shot.

A small number of people have been treated for stab wounds.

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"He is known to police, mainly in respect to relatives that he has that are persons of interest to us". Two other victims are now in hospital.

At least two members of the public bravely tried to help police.

The Victoria Police took to Twitter to update on the situation.

On Friday, Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect had moved to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s.

Mobile phone footage shows a man, wielding a weapon, attacking officers about 4.20pm.

Officers were forced to open fire on the attacker, who now remains in a critical condition under police guard in hospital, on Friday afternoon.

The police have also ruled out terrorism links.

More than 100 police swarmed on the area.

They park their police auto just behind the burning ute and are immediately attacked.

Fully engulfed. Multiple loud bangs."This incident in Bourke Street comes on the second day of the highly-publicised murder trial of James Gargasoulas, who allegedly drove through Bourke Street Mall on January 20, 2017, killing six people and injuring 27 others".

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