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Old 11-09-2018, 05:28 AM
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Melbourne stabbing attack was ‘terrorism incident’, police say

UPDATE: The stabbing rampage that left one dead in Melbourne is being treated as a ‘terrorism incident’, as police confirm the knifeman is also dead.

November 9, 201811:08pm

POLICE are now treating the stabbing attack in Melbourne's Bourke St as a terrorism incident.

The knifeman, a 31-year-old Somali-born from Melbourne’s north-western suburbs, died in hospital on Friday night after being shot in the chest by police.

In a press conference Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man who is alleged to have stabbed three people, killing one, was known to Victoria Police and federal intelligence authorities.

“We are now treating this as a terrorism incident,” he said.

Commissioner Ashton revealed the man came to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s and had relatives known to police from a “terrorism perspective”.

“He’s got family associations that are well known to us,” he said.

There were some reports that the man yelled “Allahu Akbar” during the attack but Commissioner Ashton said this had not been confirmed.

The attacker had a record of some minor offences including for cannabis use, theft and driving offences.

The man caused chaos in the Melbourne CBD on Friday afternoon after allegedly stabbing three men. One man, who is yet to be formally identified, died at the scene. Some witnesses say he was stabbed in the face.
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