Melbourne police shoot suspected "known wolf" terrorist during attack

Lester Mason
November 10, 2018

The attacker, who police said was 31, died in hospital, as did one of the victims, Ashton said.

The knifeman was shot as he tried to stab two officers on a central Melbourne street after he had stabbed three people on Friday, Nov. 9, according to Australia's Perth Now. He later died in hospital while under armed guard.

Victoria Police said that the attack in the Melbourne CBD is now being treated as a terrorism incident.

The militant "Islamic State" (IS) group claimed Friday's attack on the group's Amaq news website, saying that one of its fighters carried out the attack.

Ashton said the three victims, all men, and the suspect were transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital. "He was radicalised", Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney told reporters in Melbourne. Clayton said there is no known link to terrorism, but stressed the investigation is still in its early stages.

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

He had a criminal history for cannabis use, theft and driving offences, Ashton said.

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

He said such leaders need to "ensure that risky teachings and ideologies do not take root here".

It was also noted police are unable to get in touch with the Khalif's wife, and believe she is both missing and radicalized. "This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area". "Fire then started in the vehicle and he's got out of the vehicle".

Dramatic footage captured from the scene shows officers try to apprehend the man following his stabbing attack.

"I thought the vehicle was coming for us", Ms Krug said.

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

Ashton says there is no suggestion Shire Ali was inspired by James "Dimitrious" Gargasoulas, who faced court this week on six charges of murder over the first ramming attack, in January 2017.

They were hopeful his "situation would improve" after he married, but the imam said in recent weeks Shire Ali had given them fresh cause for alarm.

It comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison called out the "great threat" of extremist Islam.

Victoris Premier Daniel Andrews described Friday's attack as "evil" but said the city would not be bowed.

"But that also means I must be the first to call out religious extremism", he said at a press conference in Sydney today.

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

Witnesses say they heard one bang or multiple bangs and gunshots in the area, which was subsequently put on lock down.

He said: "I continue to be proud of all our members" efforts.

"We are members of a wider Australian community".

Authorities said it was normal for people to have strong emotional or physical reactions after such a distressing or frightening event, and people should seek help from their doctor or by calling a helpline if they needed support.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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