One dead in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

Geraldine Edwards
November 10, 2018

The man arrived in Australia from Somalia in the mid-1990s, according to the police, who were reluctant to reveal further identifying information.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought the centre of Australia's second largest city to a standstill.

Footage from the scene shows a man earlier swinging a knife at two uniformed officers near a burning vehicle before he was shot.

Witnesses told The Age they were shopping in the area when they saw a man throw what they believed to be a bomb into a auto before it exploded.

Police have said they believe the attacker acted alone and they are not searching for other suspects.

The knifeman then set fire to his vehicle before exiting to stab three people.

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Addressing the media, Superintendent David Clayton said that the man who attacked the people was shot in the chest and he is now critically injured.

They had initially thought the man was running to catch a tram close by, before a nearby police vehicle rushed to the scene.

The man again attempted to stab and slash at the officers several times before one policeman unsuccessfully tried to taser him. his partner then shot the attacker in the chest.

The spokesperson confirmed that one person had died in the stabbing attacks and that the attacker was in hospital.

Police say they were called to the area about 4.10pm after receiving reports of a auto on fire near the corner of Swanston St.

Her immediate thought was, "Oh no, not another Bourke Street incident", she said.

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Civilians used an outdoor chair and a shopping trolley in attempts to help police stop a man who allegedly attacked people on Bourke Street, Melbourne, killing one. One of the injured was reportedly in suspected critical condition with a neck injury, while another had sustained a head injury.

Users on social media have reported hearing an "explosion", while vision of the incident has suggested a man attacked police with a knife, before seemingly being shot by an officer.

"At the same time, passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed".

Witnesses said they heard a big bang and images appeared to show a vehicle on fire.

"I didn't know what was happening there was just so much chaos and screaming". The militant group said in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm that the man was "one of Islamic State fighters" and carried out the attack in response to IS calls for attacks in countries that are part of the global coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

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