Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

One Person Was Killed in a Stabbing Attack in Melbourne, Police Say

Policemen block members of the public from walking towards the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne Australia on Nov 9 2018 Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings
Ellis Copeland | 11 November, 2018, 00:59

A Somali-born man who set fire to a truck laden with gas cylinders in the center of Melbourne and fatally stabbed one person was inspired by Islamic State but did not have direct links with the group, Australian police said on Saturday.

UPDATE: A MAN has been shot by police after setting a auto on fire and allegedly stabbing a number of people in Melbourne's Bourke St. The video also shows another individual, dubbed "trolley man", quickly barging in with a trolley directly hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man who stabbed three members of the public and attacked police officers has died in a hospital.

A Victoria Police spokesperson told Broadsheet a man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital under guard in a critical condition.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Australia that police say was linked to terrorism.

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning auto before he was shot.

Warning text messages were sent after the attack and police sealed off the downtown area, usually busy with shoppers and diners on a Friday evening.

Police said officers "initially responded to a report of a auto on fire" in the city centre at 4:20 pm local time, but discovered at the scene that members of the public had been stabbed.

"He was the closest person to the offender", a detective said.

The police officers who first responded to the scene received minor injuries.

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Authorities say he exited the burning vehicle and began stabbing passersby.

Police have cordoned off a section of the central business district in Australia's second-largest city, but are not looking for other suspects.

The suspect was was hospitalized in critical condition.

Police examine a body in Bourke St.in Melbourne, Australia, on November 9, 2018.

"They're all very angry ... because it brings a bad impact to the community", he said.

The suspect drove to the Bourke Street area at around 4.10pm yesterday and deliberately started a fire in his vehicle before fleeing it.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australians will "never be intimidated by these appalling attacks".

He said: "Stranger and bystanders, who knew nobody involved, stepped in without a moment's hesitation.they too are people whose qualities make us all proud as well".

Witnesses have described hearing a loud bang during the incident.

He stabbed three people before being confronted by members of the public and armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest.

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