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AFP
November 10, 2018
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One dead, two hurt in Melbourne attack

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AFP
November 10, 2018

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MELBOURNE: Police said a Somali immigrant killed one person and wounded two others in a rush-hour stabbing spree in the heart of Australia´s second city Friday, labelling it a terrorist attack.

The unnamed man drove a 4X4 truck loaded with gas bottles into the bustling city centre of Melbourne, ignited the vehicle in a ball of flames and then attacked passers-by with a knife, police said. He stabbed three people before being confronted by armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest. One victim died at the scene and the attacker died later in hospital.

Counter-terrorism police and intelligence officers are still piecing together how the incident occurred, but said the attacker was known to intelligence services. Islamic State, which often claims responsibility for such attacks, said via its propaganda arm that the perpetrator was an "Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation."

Witness footage showed police struggling for at least a minute to corral the towering man, who was wearing a dark tunic, as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers. At least two members of the public bravely stepped in to help police. One man was armed with a cafe chair while another, swiftly dubbed an "Aussie hero" on social media, repeatedly tried to ram the suspect with an empty metal shopping cart.

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