Man sets truck on fire, stabs three in Australian terror attack

Man sets truck on fire, stabs three in Australian terror attack
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.

A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. A knife-wielding man stabbed two people, one fatally, in Australias second-largest city on Friday in an attack likely linked to terrorism, police said. The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill.(James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

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

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.

"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.

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.

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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.

"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 known to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities," he said. He did not elaborate.

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."

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

Local media report that prior to the skirmish, the suspect set his own car on fire near the intersection of Bourke Street and Swanston Street, a thoroughfare in the city centre. According to Melbourne officials, a number of people are being treated for stab wounds.

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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.

The clip opens with a car bursting into flames while the suspect tries to attack a group of policemen, before one of them opens fire. A man wielding a shopping cart can be seen trying to help the police.

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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.

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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.

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Police guard the site where a man attacked others in Melbourne. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images 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.

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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.

Once the door of the car was open and while the police officer was still sitting down, the man began stabbing him with something sharp, Verma said. He was not sure if the man made contact with the police officer, or if the officers vest prevented him from being stabbed. The officers partner got out from the other side of the vehicle and came around to intervene. He [the man] backed off, the witness said.

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

Facebook Twitter Pinterest An officer guards deserted street in Melbourne after attack, which is being treated as a terrorist incident. Photograph: Xinhua/Barcroft Images The altercation was filmed from multiple angles by several bystanders. Ashton contradicted social media reports that the attacker had yelled Allahu Akbar [God is greatest].

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.

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.

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.

Police said the driver got out of the vehicle, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. Police shot the suspected attacker in the chest, leaving him in critical condition as he was taken to the hospital.

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.

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“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.

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.

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.

One person was killed and others treated for stab wounds after a truck caught on fire and a man started attacking people with a knife in Melbourne’s business district Friday.

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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.

Videos – some too graphic to publish in full – show the bearded knifeman slashing at police before he was shot in the chest by cops. 

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.

While police initially believed the incident wasnt terror related, the Herald Sun has since reported the man was known to ASIO. 

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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.

Another dramatic video shows two presumably plain-clothes police officers arresting the attacker after he was shot.

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.

Other footage shows a bloodied body lying in the road as devastated bystanders battle to save the persons life.

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.

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.

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.\”

\”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.

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.

One dead, two hurt in Melbourne terror attack

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.