Australia police shoot hostage taker dead

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Australian police yesterday shot dead the man who had taken the woman hostage and said they were investigating whether the incident was terror-related.

"Police have safely rescued a woman who was being held against her will in the apartment block".

He had taken a prostitute hostage and forced her to ring the Seven Network's Melbourne newsroom on Monday afternoon.

The suspect, a 29-year-old Somali refugee killed an Australian man employed by an escort agency in an apartment building in the south Melbourne beach suburb of Brighton.

Police then shot and killed the gunman, who reportedly said, "This is for IS (Islamic State)".

Khayre was acquitted over the terror plot to launch a suicide attack against Sydney's Holsworthy army barracks in 2009 after a trial in 2010.

"This terrorist attack by a known criminal, a man who was only recently released on parole, is a shocking, cowardly crime", Turnbull said in comments to reporters, according to NBC.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the attack underlined the need to be constantly vigilant.

He was on parole at the time of Monday's attack after being released from prison in late 2016 for intent to cause injury and arson.

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Police are searching Khayre's mother's home in Roxburgh Park, while the bomb squad is searching the Buckingham Serviced Apartments on Bay St in Brighton.

Ashton said there was nothing to link the violence with a van and knife attacks in London in which three assailants killed seven people.

An Australian policewoman directs traffic near emergency services vehicles near the site of where a gunman was shot dead after holding a woman hostage in Melbourne, Australia June 5, 2017. Police deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp said officers did not speak to the gunmen during the siege.

Turnbull's announcement comes as the ISIS terrorist group ("Islamic State in Iraq and Syria") has claimed responsibility for the attack. Three of his co-accused were found guilty of planning the terrorist attack for Australia's military involvement action in the Middle East.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for a hostage-taking in the Australian city of Melbourne that left a gunman and another person dead and three police officers injured.

A woman could be heard screaming in the background, 7 News said.

The Herald Sun reports a senior law enforcement figure said the gunman was known to counter-terrorism investigators and was on parole.

"We believe at this stage from the information we have that he was acting alone and there isn't a sort of ongoing threat in relation to any plot or anything around this individual".

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