Melb terrorist was known to federal police

Clay Curtis
November 12, 2018

The police there issue a statement saying that a auto had burst into flames and that a small number of people were being treated for stab wounds.

Superintendent Clayton said there is no known link to terrorism at this stage.

A man stabbed three passersby on a busy street in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday afternoon local time.

When police arrived, the man punched one of the officers through their patrol auto window, Ashton told reporters Friday.

"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 courageous members of the Victoria Police, they too are people whose qualities make all of us proud as well".

The man stabbed three people, killing one.

Daesh later said one of its fighters carried out the knife attack, the group's Amaq news website said.

"Joint Counter Terrorism Team investigators are executing search warrants at two addresses in Werribee and Meadows Heights this morning" Victoria police said in a statement.

"Passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", Supt Clayton said.

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The attacker had "barbecue-style gas cylinders" inside the auto and set it alight, according to The Guardian.

One police officer found room to shoot the suspect and the man dropped to the floor clutching his chest.

Authorities say Australia's vigilance has helped foil at least a dozen plots, including a plan to attack Melbourne at Christmas in 2016, Shire Ali's brother's scheme and a plan to blow up a flight from Sydney using a bomb disguised as a mincer.

Footage from the scene show a man making stabbing gestures at two uniformed officers near a burning auto before he was shot.

One man charged at the tall attacker with a shopping trolley just before police drew their weapons.

"People around me screamed that he had a knife but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", Meegan May said. They said at the time that they were still investigating where he got the idea from.

Police said they knew the identify of the suspect but declined to name him due to "operational reasons".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the "evil and cowardly attack".

Mr Andrews said he had not received any advice that security measures in Bourke Street and surrounds needed to be boosted.

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