Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Melbourne stabbing being treated as terrorism

Melbourne stabbing being treated as terrorism

Friday's attack is a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing the murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, who drove his auto into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Australia that police say was linked to terrorism.

Eyewitnesses told the ABC that a man was seen throwing something-perhaps a bomb-into what was allegedly his auto, which then exploded into flames.

Footage captured the shocking scenes as a vehicle went up in flames and police shot the knife-wielding man in the chest after he confronted officers as they arrived at the scene.

Police shot the man in the chest and he was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident is being treated as terrorism.

Police later said the two wounded men were aged 26 and 58.

A Somalian man went on a knife rampage in central Melbourne today, stabbing three people after setting a vehicle full of explosives on fire.

One person died and two others were injured after after being stabbed in Australia's Melbourne.

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Police confirmed Shire Ali's name and age on Saturday morning after incorrect information was circulated through media reports. The two people who sustained stab wounds are receiving medical treatment.

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics had assessed three people at the scene.

"One person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury".

Nearby police arrived shortly at the location and the man, wielding a knife, attempted to assault police officers.

"Cops trying to take down man armed with knife". The suspect approached a police vehicle and assaulted an officer by punching him through its window. Any witnesses who caught footage of the incident are also asked to upload their files to the Victoria Police Facebook page.

The Age is reporting the man was shot by police.

"The exact circumstances are yet to be determined".

Two civilians became involved as well as the two officers, trying to stop the man from his attack.

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Police examine a body in Bourke Melbourne, Australia, on November 9, 2018.

One witness told the Herald Sun that bystanders were calling to police, "shoot him, shoot him". "He was face down, face down, and there was a lot of blood", he said. "There's only staff here, police told us to stay".

"It was near JB Hi Fi, near the corner of Russell Place".

She said she saw two policemen trying to subdue a man as a auto burned. The Bourke Street Mall, including Myer and David Jones stores, have been evacuated.

Trams are not running along Bourke Street or Swanston Street in either direction.

Bourke St is blocked off.

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

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on 9 November 2018. "The area has been cordoned off and the public are urged to avoid the area".

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