Melbourne attack: one person stabbed to death in terrorist incident

Melbourne attack: one person stabbed to death in \terrorist incident\
Melbourne fatal stabbing being treated as terrorism
A Somali-born man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in a rampage they called an act of terrorism.

The incident, which brought central Melbourne to a standstill in the late afternoon rush, came after police responded to reports of a burning vehicle. The utility truck carrying barbecue gas cylinders burned on busy Bourke Street as the driver stabbed bystanders and attacked police.

The cylinders did not explode and the fire was put out in 10 minutes, by which point the attack was over.

Chaos in #bourkest as a guy seems to have set his car on fire then attacked police with a knife. Police response was swift and overwhelming. I heard at least one gunshot initially. pic.twitter.com/j5BB8VVehI

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"We are still trying to piece together whether the vehicle was lit then he got out the car or whether he got out the car and then the vehicle took flame," Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton says the attacker was from Somalia and known to the authorities, mostly because of family members who were persons of interest to police.

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Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed the man swinging a knife at two police officers, while his truck burned in the background.

Australian police said the pickup truck that caught fire in the countrys second-largest city contained several barbeque gas cylinders and was part of an apparent terrorist attack.

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One of the officers shot the man, and he collapsed to the ground clutching his chest, the video showed. Other footage  showed two stabbing victims lying on the ground nearby.

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"We don't believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident."

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Asked about what the attacker had been planning, Ashton referred to the gas cylinders in the car and said: "You could  make certain assumptions from that."

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Ashton said security would be boosted at horse races and Remembrance Day memorials over the weekend.

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Aaksh Verma, a witness, was working when he heard a bang. He said he went outside and saw a vehicle in flames travelling towards Target. Then the police arrived. A black guy came towards the cops as the cops were staying inside the car, Verma said. Im not sure if he opened the door or if the cop opened the door.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australias second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.

What we know so far about the individual … from what we know we are treating this as a terrorism incident, he said. We believe we have confirmation on the identity [and] there are ongoing investigations being conducted by counter-terrorism [forces]. I am not at liberty to disclose the identity of this person.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Meegan May, who was travelling on a tram when the incident occurred, told the ABC: A couple of people on the trams were saying someone had a knife, and when I got up and looked through the rear window, I could see a big ute on fire driving across the road.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Witnesses said the police were at the scene within minutes. Neil McKeller, who works at a bookshop on Bourke Street, told Guardian Australia: We heard the explosion and we heard gunshots later. We heard it but we didnt know what it was.

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Police said the attackers vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

Footage circulating on social media showed a man advancing towards police officers after the vehicle exploded and attempting to stab them, and then falling backwards after what sounded like a gunshot. One of the officers had their weapon drawn.

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

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

“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.

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

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“Hes known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and hes someone that accordingly is know to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities,” he said.

Police said the man got out of a vehicle, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife before being shot by police.

The Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm. It said the man was “one of Daesh’s fighters” and had responded to calls for attacks in countries that are part of the international coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.

Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said the attack was “an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today”.

Daesh, which has suffered heavy battlefield setbacks in the past year, often claims attacks in an opportunistic vein.

A knife-wielding man has stabbed two people, one fatally, in Melbourne in an attack believed to be linked to terrorism, police said.

The attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

Ashton said police were “doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred,” but there was “no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual.”

Mr Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants. The man was shot in the chest by police.

“Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest,” he said in a statement.

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One witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to save him.

In December 2014, a 17-hour siege in which a gunman took 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe ended with two hostages dead and the gunman killed by police. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him an Islamic State flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group.

“Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if hes all right, he was still alive,” the witness, Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press.

This image made from video shows police on street corner after a shooting in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Police shot a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australias second-largest city, police said. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning car before he was shot.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm, but provided no evidence. It said the man was an Islamic State fighter and had responded to IS calls for attacks in countries that are part of the international coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.

In December 2014, a 17-hour siege in which a gunman took 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe ended with two hostages dead and the gunman killed by police. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him a Daesh flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group.

However, at a later inquest, the coroner of New South Wales state said the gunmans actions fell “within the accepted definition of terrorism.”

Melbourne was also the scene of two fatal car-ramming incidents last year, but neither was linked by police to terrorism.

Ashton said police were "doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred," but there was "no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australias second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.

"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 attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Police said the attackers vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

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

\”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.

\”Hes known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and hes someone that accordingly is know to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities,\” he said.

The Daesh group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm. It said the man was \”one of Daesh’s fighters\” and had responded to calls for attacks in countries that are part of the international coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.

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Daesh, which has suffered heavy battlefield setbacks in the past year, often claims attacks in an opportunistic vein.

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The attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

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Ashton said police were \”doing security reassessments of these events in light of whats occurred,\” but there was \”no ongoing threat were currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual.\”

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\”Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest,\” he said in a statement.

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One witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to save him.

\”Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if hes all right, he was still alive,\” the witness, Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press.

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning car before he was shot.

In December 2014, a 17-hour siege in which a gunman took 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe ended with two hostages dead and the gunman killed by police. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him a Daesh flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group.

However, at a later inquest, the coroner of New South Wales state said the gunmans actions fell \”within the accepted definition of terrorism.\”

Melbourne was also the scene of two fatal car-ramming incidents last year, but neither was linked by police to terrorism.