Melbourne stabbings being treated as terror attack by Australian police

Frederick Owens
November 11, 2018

Victoria Police Saturday identified the man, who set a vehicle on fire and stabbed three people, killing one of them, before being fatally shot in the Australian city of Melbourne, as Hassan Khalif Shire Ali from Somalia.

The knifeman was shot as he tried to stab two officers on a central Melbourne street after he had stabbed three people on Friday, Nov. 9, according to Australia's Perth Now.

Police responded to the scene on Bourke Street after receiving reports of a vehicle on fire, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters shortly after the incident.

He stabbed three people, one of whom died at the scene, before being shot by police.

"We are treating this as a terrorism incident", Ashton said, and added that the attacker's identity is not being released due to the ongoing investigation.

In a statement police said a man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital in critical condition.

The three passersby who were stabbed - all men - were all taken to hospital.

His brother will go on trial next year on separate terror-related charges - accused of trying to acquire a firearm and kill people in a New Years' Eve crowd.

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"'The fire brigade turned up to put the fire out discovered there were gas bottle - I understand at this stage they are those barbecue-style gas bottles - within the vehicle", Ashton said. Police are asking for members of the public to avoid the area.

"They're all very angry ... because it brings a bad impact to the community", he said. "Equally, those strangers, people who were by-standers who knew nobody involved, who stepped in without a moment's hesitation, to render support and assistance to the courageous members of the Victoria Police, they too are people whose qualities make all of us proud as well".

Events will take place this morning at the Shrine of Remembrance, while around the city, 100 buglers will line the streets of the CBD to sound the last post at 11:00am. "Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks".

A Somali-born Australian who carried out a deadly knife rampage in Melbourne held extremist views and was known to intelligence services, authorities said today, as they carried out raids and interviewed dozens of witnesses.

Premier Daniel Andrews condemned the incident as "an evil and awful thing", thanking the police and citizens who responded and adding "as a city, will not be defined by this act of evil - we are bigger and stronger than this". The man, who was shot in the chest by police has died in hospital, police have said.

"Then I heard a loud bang and someone said they could see someone doing chest compressions on someone as an ambulance started coming up the street as well".

"People were running everywhere".

"Trolley Man, the hero Australia needs", one woman said on Twitter shortly after a series of videos of the attack began to circulate online.

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