Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Terrorist Crashes Car, Stabs 3 People in Shopping Center in Melbourne

Terrorist Crashes Car, Stabs 3 People in Shopping Center in Melbourne

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

A man, believed to be the driver, stabbed three people and was then shot by police. The video also shows another individual, dubbed "trolley man", quickly barging in with a trolley directly hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.

"We are now treating this as a terrorism event", said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, adding that the suspect is "someone that is known to us" and had travelled to central Melbourne in a 4x4 packed with BBQ gas cyclinders.

Ambulance Victoria said three people were injured at the scene, including one person who suffered a neck injury and is in a suspected critical condition.

The suspect has been "known to police mainly in respect to relatives he has that are certainly persons of interest to us", Ashton said.

Dramatic footage captured from the scene shows officers try to apprehend the man following his stabbing attack.

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"He was the closest person to the offender", a detective said.

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 assailant killed by police.

"I thought the auto was coming for us", Ms Krug said.

The officers were seen trying for at least a minute to detain the man peaceably as his attacks on them continued, before one officer shot him in the chest.

Shire Ali, a 30-year-old Somali-born man who moved to Melbourne in the 1990s, lit his ute on fire near one of Melbourne's busiest thoroughfares on Friday afternoon, before stabbing three passers-by. He declined to release their names because police were still in the process of contacting families. They said that an assessment had indicated that he posed no threat to national security despite holding radical views.

A police statement said: "Police are aware of an incident in the vicinity of Bourke Street".

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country would be unflinching in the fight against "radical, violent. extremist Islam that opposes our very way of life".

"He assaulted one of the police offices through the vehicle window by punching him".

Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews says the attack was "an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today".

"A moment later, I heard a loud bang, to me it sounded like a gunshot", she said.

Bourke Street reopened on Saturday morning, and a Reuters reporter said there was an increased police presence in the area.

Commissioner Ashton also says there was no suggestion that Khalif was inspired by James "Dimitrious" Gargasoulas, who is now on trial facing six charges of murder after allegedly mowing down pedestrians in January 2017.

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