Police Are Treating Melbourne Bourke Street Attack As Terrorism Incident

Police Are Treating Melbourne Bourke Street Attack As Terrorism Incident

HUNDREDS of police have swooped on Bourke Street in Melbourne's CBD after a auto reportedly burst into flames and a man began attacking police with a knife.

Horror footage shows a vehicle on fire.

Warning sirens sounded after the attack and police sealed off the downtown area, usually busy with shoppers and diners on a Friday evening.

Ashton didn't give the Somali attacker's name, but said the man had "family associations that are well known to us".

A series of videos have already surfaced online showing the series of events leading up to the moment a knife-wielding man was shot by police in Melbourne's CBD.

In a later statement, police said the man assaulted police, fled on foot, then was shot while lunging at police with the knife.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne on November 9, 2018.

Officers were forced to open fire on the attacker, who now remains in a critical condition under police guard in hospital, on Friday afternoon.

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The spokesperson confirmed that one person had died in the stabbing attacks and that the attacker was in hospital. "A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition", it said.

"At the same time, passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", Clayton told media in Melbourne.

"Respects to Trolley Man and also to those very calm cops who remained very professional and surely prevented more people from being injured", one person wrote online.

Superintendent Clayton said there is no known link to terrorism at this stage.

Premier Daniel Andrews described today's incident as "an evil and awful thing" and condemned it. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area.

"I kept watching", said witness Tony Nguyen, after what he described as a "car bomb". "A fire was then started in that vehicle", he said, adding that the man subsequently got out of the vehicle and "engaged with some members of the public at that location".

This image made from video shows police on street corner after a shooting in Melbourne, Australia.

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