One killed, two wounded after stabbing incident on Melbourne's Bourke Street

Leroy Wright
November 12, 2018

Police in Melbourne, Australia ended a terrorist attack earlier today, but not before the man killed one bystander and wounded two others.

Once at the scene police say the man who emerged from the auto attacked officers, before members of the public alerted them to several people who had been stabbed.

The knifeman was shot as he tried to stab two officers on a central Melbourne street after he had stabbed three people on Friday, Nov. 9, according to Australia's Perth Now.

About 4.31pm, police send out a media alert asking the public to avoid the Bourke Street area.

He was shot by police and died shortly after arriving at hospital under police guard.

Raheem said everyone who knew the family was shocked and felt hatred towards Shire Ali for bringing their faith into disrepute.

The attacker was not publicly identified but had been "a person of interest" to Australian intelligence agencies, Ashton said. "Nearly within a minute, Victorian Police officers were in attendance in an unmarked vehicle", Ashton said.

"Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigators are executing search warrants at two addresses in Werribee and Meadows Heights this morning" Victoria police said in a statement.

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Footages of the incident showed police struggling for at least a minute to contain a man wearing a dark tunic as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers.

Videos showed the auto on fire and authorities later discovered that the vehicle had gas cylinders.

Ashton said there was no longer a threat to the public, but that security would be boosted at horse races and Remembrance Day memorials over the weekend. Sunday marks 100 years since the armistice was signed that marked the end of World War One.

The police chief said the suspect came to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s and was known to police.

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

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the national terrorism advisory remained at "probable", the midpoint of a five-tier system, and told reporters in Sydney that radical Islam was the issue.

The street where the auto caught fire was the scene in January 2017 of a fatal but not terror-related incident in which a man drove his vehicle at pedestrians at high speed, killing six people and wounding about 30.

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