Aussie police treat Melbourne stabbing attack as terrorist incident

1 dead, 2 hurt in stabbings in Melbourne, Australia, video shows man attacking cops

A suspected terrorist stabbed three people, one of them fatally, in an "evil" daytime attack on a busy street in the center of Melbourne, Australia, authorities said.

Counter terrorism police have been notified and are investigating.

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

One of the injured victims has a neck injury and is in a suspected critical condition, while another has a head injury, according to Ambulance Victoria. 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.

Police shot the man when he approached officers swinging the knife.

The two others, aged 26 and 58, were in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Mr Ashton said: "From what we know of that individual, we are treating this as a terrorism incident".

He said a bomb squad was making the scene safe.

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The Victoria Police took to Twitter to update on the situation. A police official confirmed that the man had been on their radar since the beginning of 2017.

Mr Ashton said police were "doing security reassessments of these events in light of what's occurred", but there was "no ongoing threat we're now aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual".

The man, who was known to state police and federal intelligence authorities by way of his family associations, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but has since died, police said.

A caller to ABC Radio Melbourne, Meegan, said she saw the incident from a tram.

Dozens of disturbing images and videos from the incident have emerged on social media with the attack taking place in broad daylight.

The police cordoned off the area and warned people from coming near 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. That prompted the city to install hundreds of security bollards.

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