Friday, 16 November, 2018

Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack [videos] Melbourne attack: One dead after deadly Bourke Street knife rampage | Daily Star
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 16:11

The terrorist, who police confirmed arrived in Australia from Somalia, was shot in the chest as he tried to stab two officers on Bourke Street on Friday afternoon and later died in Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene.

Police said there was no terrorism link at this stage but they are "keeping an open mind".

It is understood the man stopped his vehicle on Bourke Street, not far from the Target store, and set it alight.

The police can be seen backtracking to avoid the flailing attacker as the trolley-pusher tries to ram him head-on - he falls over in the process, then gets up again and takes control of the trolley once more.

Commissioner Ashton said the man was known to police and the federal intelligence agencies.

Police said they knew the identify of the suspect but declined to name him due to "operational reasons".

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Video filmed from inside a nearby building shows the attacker going after two officers police officers in high-visibility clothing and trying to stab them.

Witnesses have described the horror and chaos in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall as a knife-wielding man crashed into pedestrians, before stabbing three shoppers, leaving one dead. The militant group also claimed responsibility for a deadly siege in the city in 2017 when a Somali man was killed by police after taking a woman hostage. The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Just after 5.20pm (local time), a body was seen lying under a white sheet on Bourke Street, near the entrance to Russell Place.

Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers in the downtown area of the city.

Bourke Street is now blocked between Swanston and Russell streets, and people are being advised to avoid the area.

"One person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury".

Police are calling for any witnesses to contact the Melbourne West Police Station.

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