Tuesday, 13 November, 2018

Three stabbed in Australian city, terror not suspected

Police rush to incident in heart of Melbourne CBD Three stabbed in Australian city, terror not suspected
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2018, 17:27

Australian police on Friday said a Somali man who stabbed three people in the city of Melbourne on Friday drove a auto laden with gas cylinders which caught fire and that they are treating the attack as terrorism.

Witnesses said the man - who was wearing a dark tunic - attacked members of the public in a popular shopping district with a knife as his vehicle was ablaze, before being confronted by police.

Video shows the dramatic moment the attacker lunges at two responding police officers with the knife.

Three men were stabbed by the suspect and one of them died at the scene.

The suspect has been "known to police mainly in respect to relatives he has that are certainly persons of interest to us", Ashton said.

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

Mr Hair said two civilians became involved as well as two police, trying to stop the man from his attack.

The police officers are being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition.

The other two are into the hospital including one suffering from a neck injury and is suspected to be in critical condition.

Another witness on a passing tram told ABC Radio it seemed police had been trying to subdue a man who was waving something.

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Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018.

Officers said they were initially called to a vehicle fire around 4:20pm (AEDT).

Sky News Australia's Patrick Murrell said police had tried to "talk [the suspect] down and tried to use the Taser" before shooting him.

The spokesperson advised a "small number of people" have been stabbed and police are not seeking anyone further at this time.

"Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital".

One person is dead and two are in hospital, the police confirmed.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has praised both authorities and members of the public for their quick response in taking down the offender.

"It's so chaotic", witness Sarah told Tom Elliott.

Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants.

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