Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Melbourne police treating fatal stabbing attack as terrorism

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Steven Clarke | 10 November, 2018, 15:24

He died in hospital.

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

ISIS claimed responsibility for the knife attack through its media wing Amaq, the SITE Intelligence Group reported.

A 26-year-old man and a 58-year-old man are both in a stable condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital following surgery for lacerations. He said he had been briefed by law enforcement and security agencies and acknowledged the investigation by the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, led by the Victoria Police.

"The assessment was that person was not a threat at that time", Deputy Commissioner McCartney said.

JCTT will now investigate how and when he moved from having those radical views to carrying out the attack.

"We ask the public, unless you've got a objective to be here, please avoid the area, we'll provide regular updates through the media in relation to when the area is safe and clear", he said.

VideoThe man who took on a terrorist while only armed with a shopping trolley has spoken exclusively to 7 News. For further updates follow Victoria Police. "Fire then started in the vehicle and he's got out of the vehicle".

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning vehicle before he was shot.

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"Me and the managers ran out and that's when we saw the vehicle on fire and then we saw the guy on the floor and we wanted to help, there were two blokes helping him out already, he was face down pools of blood around his face", Villasin said.

"You're trained to shoot to kill, not to shoot to wound".

Fully engulfed. Multiple loud bangs."This incident in Bourke Street comes on the second day of the highly-publicised murder trial of James Gargasoulas, who allegedly drove through Bourke Street Mall on January 20, 2017, killing six people and injuring 27 others".

Results of a post-mortem examination on Shire Ali's are expected to be available in a few days time, when investigators will be able to comment on whether the assailant was drug-affected. His brother Ali Khalif Shire Ali is now on remand awaiting trial next year for allegedly planning an attack, Ashton said.

He said Australia was under threat by a "radical and risky ideology of extremist Islam".

Mr Ashton said the man's relatives were "persons of interest" and that he had been known to police and federal intelligence authorities.

Her immediate thought was, "Oh no, not another Bourke Street incident", she said. "They've done each and every one of us proud", he continued. "I have seen the look of complete loss in the eyes of a mother and a father. confused by people who came and corrupted their children".

Ms Aly said they should not "single out religions, single out communities. causing divisions where we don't need divisions to be caused".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement released on Twitter: "Australia will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks".

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