Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Terrorist killed after knife attack on busy street in Melbourne, Australia

Terrorist killed after knife attack on busy street in Melbourne, Australia

Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australia's second-largest city, police said.

The man stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police.

Supt Clayton said authorities were not looking for any other offenders.

A fire then started in the vehicle, according to Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, who spoke during a news conference.

However, the exact reason for the stabbing and burning of the auto has not been ascertained as of yet.

Ashton said the authorities do not see any ongoing threat related to the attack. A video, apparently showing the moment officers approached the suspect, has also surfaced online. In several clips two men can be seen attempting to assist officers.

Video footage showed the attacker lunging at police with a knife as they tried to contain him. "They are in a suspected critical condition", they said. One of them died of his injuries in hospital.

Two people, apparently members of the public, came to the aid of police, one using a shopping trolley and another using a chair to try and stop the attacker. The attacker was detained after police shot him in the chest.

The bomb squad was called after the barbecue-style gas cylinders were found in the vehicle.

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The incident occurred on a section of the busy street that is closed to traffic.

The group often claims responsibility for attacks by individuals inspired by its message.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife.

Australia's counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation and police set up a three-block-wide exclusion zone as forensic investigators combed through the scene.

The Friday incident took place blocks away from Flinders Street Railway Station, where a driver plowed into pedestrians previous year, injuring 18. In December, a different driver in Melbourne drove into more people, injuring at least 19.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews posted an update on the situation himself, urging people to "please avoid the area and always follow the instructions of emergency services personnel".

"To the victims and their loved ones, we offer our prayers, support and deepest sympathies".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the "act of terrorism" as evil and cowardly and praised the police who responded.

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