Melbourne Bourke Street attack: Police confirm terror motive for knife attack

Melbourne Bourke Street attack: Police confirm terror motive for knife attack

Officers were confronted near the burning vehicle by a man "brandishing a knife and threatening them" while passersby called out that people had been stabbed, Victoria state police Supt.

The terrorist, who police confirmed arrived in Australia from Somalia, was shot in the chest as he tried to stab two officers on Bourke Street on Friday afternoon and later died in Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Police have shot a knife-wielding man after three people were stabbed in Melbourne's Bourke Street.

An explosion is heard on Bourke Street at 4:10pm.

Commissioner Ashton said authorities discovered gas bottles in the auto that erupted into flames during the incident. One of the victims also died and the two others were hospitalized.

The counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation and police have set up a three-block-wide exclusion zone.

The spokesperson advised a "small number of people" have been stabbed and police are not seeking anyone further at this time.

Police did not identify the attacker but Ashton said the man was known to them and intelligence authorities because of family associations.

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The two survivors were taken to hospital - one in a suspected critical condition.

As police surrounded the man, two bystanders stood in to assist, one of which using his shopping trolley as a weapon.

The video shows the man attempting to slash police officers with a large knife before falling to the ground. The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Counter-terrorism police have been notified, and they are investigating, although there is no immediate indication the incident is terror related.

One listener said he could see a white sheet over a body.

The police cordoned off the area and warned people from coming near the area. One had a head injury and the other suffered a neck injury, according to The Age.

Video taken by witnesses shows a auto on fire in the area and bystanders using a shopping trolley and chair to confront the attacker.

Police want to hear from people who witnessed the event or captured footage as they piece together what happened.

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