Melbourne police treating knife attack as terrorism incident, officials say

10 November, 2018, 03:53 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Police have responded to an incident involving a knife weilding man in Melbourne's CBDMore

"There is no known link to terrorism at this stage", Clayton said.

"In terms of how and why, and when he moved along that path to radicalisation to basically putting in place those actions, that'll be a key focus of this investigation and I dare say other investigations".

Ashton declined to identify the attacker but said he was from Somalia and known to police.

Video shows the man attempting to slash police officers with a large knife before falling to the ground.

Authorities said it was normal for people to have strong emotional or physical reactions after such a distressing or frightening event, and people should seek help from their doctor or by calling a helpline if they needed support.

Nearby KFC worker Markel Villasin told AAP desperate efforts were made to save the victim who died.

Officers were confronted near the burning vehicle by a man "brandishing a knife and threatening them" while passers-by called out that people had been stabbed, he said.

Ashton said a four-wheel drive Ute drove into Bourke street between Russell and Swanston Street and parked there.

Police warned people to avoid the area and created a three-block-wide exclusion zone as the bomb squad was dispatched to secure the area and examine the vehicle after the fire was extinguished. He lunged at them with a knife when they got out of the vehicle.

The suspect was shot by police and died from gunshot wounds in the Alfred Hospital.

"He is someone who is accordingly known to Victoria Police and the federal intelligence agencies", he said.


"This is an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today and we condemn it", the Mr Andrews said. "It certainly wasn't remotely sophisticated, evidenced by the fact that the auto just caught fire".

"He seemed to be waving something, people around me screamed that he had a knife, but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", she said.

EARLIER: A SERIES of explosions have been heard near Bourke Street this afternoon as police lock down the city.

Witness Drew Hair told AAP that the suspect was dressed in a black tunic and white trousers and was about six foot four inches tall and of African appearance.

An eyewitness said it appeared the auto was on fire before it crashed and "exploded".

Police have urged anyone who witnessed the incident or had footage to contact them.

The auto burst into flames outside Bourke Street Mall. I thought it was like what happened previous year so I started running.

The militant "Islamic State" (IS) group claimed Friday's attack on the group's Amaq news website, saying that one of its fighters carried out the attack.

Witnesses called the stabbings "random", the ABC reports. It said the man was "one of Daesh's fighters" and had responded to calls for attacks in countries that are part of the worldwide coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq. - One person was killed and two others injured in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne's bustling central business district on November 9, prompting police to shoot a knife-wielding suspect near a burning vehicle.

The suspect died later in hospital.

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