Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Melbourne attacker swings knife at police, 'trolley man' helps officers

A vehicle can be seen on fire in Bourke Street Melbourne CHRIS MACHERAS TWITTERA vehicle can be seen on fire in Bourke Street Melbourne
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 16:11

At least one person was killed and two others wounded in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne's central business district, police said on Friday.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said when police arrived at the scene they were confronted by a man brandishing a knife and threatening them.

A man has been shot by police after he stabbed three people and set a auto on fire in Melbourne's CBD, Victoria Police said at a press conference on November 9.

'I heard a massive explosion, the vehicle is completely alight, ' she said.

Police were forced to shoot the man, who continually made stabbing gestures at them, near a burning auto.

"Respects to Trolley Man and also to those very calm cops who remained very professional and surely prevented more people from being injured", one person wrote online.

Police did not identify the attacker but Ashton said the man was known to them and intelligence authorities because of family associations. Police shot the suspected attacker in the chest, leaving him in critical condition as he was taken to the hospital.

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Video posted online and on our Facebook page shows the suspect, who appears to be a black male wielding a knife and attacking a two of police officers as courageous members of the public try to "bring him down" with a trolly and a chair.

One listener said he could see a white sheet over a body.

"From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident", Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.

The unnamed man drove a 4X4 truck loaded with gas bottles into the bustling city centre of Melbourne, ignited the vehicle in a ball of flames and then attacked passers-by with a knife, police said.

Police told people to stay away from the area.

"In the midst of tragedy, you can find such pride in the work of by-standers to come to the aid of others", said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Police want to hear from people who witnessed the event or captured footage as they piece together what happened.

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