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Melbourne stabbing being treated as terrorism

Melbourne stabbing being treated as terrorism

Police say the exact circumstances have not yet been determined.

According to them, the police initially responded to a report of a auto on fire near the corner of Swanston Street about 4.20 pm (10.50 am IST).

Dramatic footage showed two police officers trying to arrest the man as he lunges and slashes wildly in broad daylight on Bourke Street with his vehicle burning in the background.

A man with a shopping trolley is being heralded as a hero after putting himself in harm's way on Friday when he jumped in to help police take down a man who stabbed three people in Melbourne's CBD.

Victoria state police said counter-terrorism investigators were searching two properties in suburban Melbourne on Saturday morning in connection with the attack, but there was no immediate word on what the searches yielded.

Clayton said there is no known link to terrorism, but stressed the investigation is still in its early stages.

Ashton said the three victims, all men, and the suspect were transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The incident took place at Bourke Street as reported by Victoria Police. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for the First World War are held.

Australian police on Friday said they were treating a deadly knife attack in Melbourne as an an act of terror, with the Islamic State group claiming responsibility.

Two others remain in hospital.




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

Police are seen in Bourke St. on Friday in Melbourne, Australia.

Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian strip and shopping area popular with foreign tourists including Japanese, was previously the scene of auto rampage in 2017 that left six people dead.

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".

"This is an evil and terrifying thing that happened in our city and state today, and we condemn it", he said.

Three people have been injured, according to Ambulance Victoria, while the man is in a critical condition and under police guard.

Witnesses say they heard one bang or multiple bangs and gunshots in the area, which was subsequently put on lock down.

Police said that his improvised explosive device was made up of gas cylinders and some form of lighter and "certainly wasn't sophisticated".

Two hostages were killed during the 17-hour Sydney cafe siege by a "lone wolf" gunman who was inspired by Islamic State militants.


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