Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Police shoot and arrest knife-wielding man in Bourke Street, Melbourne

Police shoot and arrest knife-wielding man in Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Islamic State group claimed a stabbing Friday that killed one person and wounded two others in the Australian city of Melbourne, its propaganda channel said.

The terrorist, who police confirmed arrived in Australia from Somalia, was shot in the chest as he tried to stab two officers on Bourke Street on Friday afternoon and later died in Royal Melbourne Hospital.

One person died and two others were injured after after being stabbed in Australia's Melbourne.

"People who'd seen it had told me they heard shots being fired, and everyone heard an explosion that was like the petrol exploding".

A man tries to help police, pushing a trolley at the attacker. Some witnesses said the auto exploded before the man began stabbing people. The police have also ruled out terrorism links.

"We thank our police, those who came to assist them", he said.

A man has been arrested and is under police guard in hospital.

Chaos in #bourkest as a guy seems to have set his auto on fire then attacked police with a knife.

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"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. He was then shot by police. The bomb response unit has been called in and the streets closed to the public.

Police warned people to avoid the area, although the suspect is believed to have been detained.

Just after 5.20pm (local time), a body was seen lying under a white sheet on Bourke Street, near the entrance to Russell Place.

Footage taken by witnesses showed police shooting the man after he threatened them with an object that appeared to be a knife.

"This is an evil and terrifying thing that has happened", Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said alongside Ashton.

Witnesses can make a statement at Melbourne West Police Station.

"Today, more than ever, we offer our thanks to Police and first responders for the unbelievable work they do for all of us".

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