1 dead in Melbourne stabbing; man attacked cops before being shot

1 dead in Melbourne stabbing; man attacked cops before being shot

1 dead in Melbourne stabbing; man attacked cops before being shot

Mr Ashton said the Counter-Terrorism unit is investigating and he can not give any details about the attacker's identity.

"I'm not at liberty at this point to disclose the identity of that person".

Clayton said that the public is still advised that the area remains closed as investigations are ongoing at the crime scene.

The police chief said the suspect came to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s and was known to police.

"We also take this opportunity to thank those very fearless and dedicated members of Victoria Police who did all of us proud in their very quick response in very risky circumstances", Andrews said.

It is not yet clear whether he deliberately set the vehicle on fire but Mr Ashton said the auto had been laden with gas cylinders.

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

The suspect, who wasn't immediately identified, was shot by police and later died at a hospital. Around thirty minutes later, the man succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

Police initially responded to reports of a auto on fire at the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets.

"As (officers) got out of the vehicle they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them", Victoria Police Supt David Clayton said.

Onlookers near the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets. He then engaged with members of the public at that location, " he said.

The police found "barbecue style" gas bottles in the vehicle involved in Friday's incident.

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The man was shot in the chest by police.

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews' office sent out a statement following his press conference.

Markel Villasin, 22, was finishing his shift at KFC on Bourke St as the drama unfolded.

According to the ABC, witnesses saw the man crash the vehicle, get out and throw an object into the auto that set it alight.

"I'm pretty sure he got stabbed in the face".

"They are in a suspected critical condition", paramedics said.

Witness Drew Hair told AAP that the suspect was dressed in a black tunic and white trousers and was about six foot four inches tall and of African appearance.

Emergency services were called to a auto fire about 4.20pm.

Witnesses then described that the police attempted to disarm the man with the help of two witnesses as the suspect kept lunging at them.

Last September, a hero threw a bicycle under a four-wheel drive to stop a 15-year-old driver from running down pedestrians on the morning of the AFL grand final.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in Australia's second-largest city, without providing any evidence for the claim, according to Reuters news service. A bomb response unit team remains at the scene.

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