Published: Fri, November 09, 2018

One dead, two injured in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

One dead, two injured in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

A knife attack that left one dead and two others wounded Friday in Australia's second-largest city in the middle of rush hour is linked to terrorism, police said.

Video shows the dramatic moment the attacker lunges at two responding police officers with the knife.

"As (officers) got out of the auto they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them", Victoria Police Supt David Clayton said.

Three people were stabbed by the suspect, all of them men, police said.

Local media showed footage of a man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot.

A witness claimed to see a pedestrian struck by the vehicle while another said her friends had seen someone with a knife in the area and she'd been told "he'd stabbed a security guard". It said the man was "one of Daesh's fighters" and had responded to calls for attacks in countries that are part of the worldwide coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq. One person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury in a suspected critical condition, one with a head injury and a third with unknown injuries.

Counter-terrorism police have been notified, and they are investigating, although there is no immediate indication the incident is terror related.

Police later said the auto from which the slain suspect, a Somali national, had emerged, contained gas cylinders and was on fire when they arrived.

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

But as the attacks continued unabated, eventually one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.

Members of the public who witnessed the event and wish to make a statement are asked to attend Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne.

Clayton said that the public is still advised that the area remains closed as investigations are ongoing at the crime scene.

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

"It's the center of Melbourne, where a lot of the transportation changes's probably the busiest part of Melbourne and late on a Friday", said Meegan May who witnessed part incident from a nearby tram.

He goes down and is leapt upon by the two policemen - just as another unmarked police vehicle arrives on the scene and a small explosion flares up from the burning truck.

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