Melbourne stabbing: a terrorist incident?
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Melbourne stabbing: a terrorist incident?

Now Australian Police are about to suspect that the stabbing attack in which two people killed in Melbourne’s Bourke St may be a terrorist incident.

The reason is that the killer behind the knife attack is a well-known face to both state and federal police. There were some reports that the man yelled "Allahu Akbar" during the attack but Commissioner Ashton said this had not been confirmed. Three persons were stabbed in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon and one person succumbed to his injuries and police shot dead the knife man. Another two victims have injuries to their upper body.

In a press conference Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man who is alleged to have stabbed three people, killing one, was known to state and federal police. Commissioner Ashton, the man, who was from Somalia, was known to police "mainly in respect to relatives".

According to the ABC, witnesses saw the man crash the car, get out and throw an object into the car that set it alight. Footage captured the shocking scenes as a car went up in flames and police shot the knife-wielding man in the chest after he confronted officers as they arrived at the scene. He was taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition, and according to the Herald Sun, has since died. Police say they were called to the area about 4.10pm after receiving reports of a car on fire near the corner of Swanston St.Supt Clayton told reporters that when officers got out of the car, they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them.