One Dead, Two Injured as Knife-Wielding Terrorist Attacks in Australia

Larry Hoffman
November 10, 2018

Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australia's second-largest city, police said.

The Somali-born Shir Ali, aged 30, crashed his auto loaded with gas bottles in the Melbourne CBD and stabbed three people before he was shot by police and died in hospital.

Officials are treating the incident that brought Melbourne to a standstill during Friday afternoon rush hour as terrorism-related.

A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne. He lunged at them with a knife when they got out of the vehicle.

"Equally, those strangers, people who were by-standers who knew nobody involved, who stepped in without a moment's hesitation, to render support and assistance to the fearless members of the Victoria Police, they too are people whose qualities make all of us proud as well".

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

Police arrived on the scene and were informed by eyewitnesses of what had happened. The man was shot in the chest by police.

Inside the Holden Rodeo were gas cylinders for a presumptive vehicle bombing created to slaughter dozens on the busy sidewalks. The attacker has since died in hospital.

"From what we know we are treating this as a terrorism incident", he said at a press conference.

The Melbourne attacker and some of his family members were known to counter-terrorism police.

Commissioner Ashton says Khalif had a criminal history for cannabis use, theft and driving offences.

"Thank you to the @VictoriaPolice officers who responded so bravely, and the every day Victorians who came to the aid of complete strangers", he wrote on Twitter.

Victoria Police said they arrested a man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition under police guard.

A white sheet covered the victim as he lay on Bourke Street.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on 9 November 2018.

All of the victims were men, Ashton said.

"Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's alright, he was still alive", nearby KFC worker Markel Villasin told AAP.

"He was breathing and he was bleeding out".

Police said the man had punched a police officer in the face through his auto window when he first arrived at the scene.

"They are in a suspected critical condition", paramedics said. One of the officers shot him in the chest, Ashton said.

Witnesses said the man began attacking pedestrians near a pickup truck apparently belonging to the attacker which had exploded into flames.

He said another person died at the scene and two others are still being treated.

The prime minister has been in contact with police and intelligence agencies, as well as the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, the state opposition leader, Matthew Guy, and has offered a briefing to the Labor leader, Bill Shorten.

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