Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

A police spokesman said that authorities are not looking for any other offender
A police spokesman said that authorities are not looking for any other offender
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10 November, 2018

Islamic State is taking credit for a savage terror attack in Australia that killed one man and could have left scores dead.

Victoria Police responded to a major incident on Friday afternoon on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Australia. The reason for the attack has yet to be confirmed.

-- 7:30 p.m. Police shot a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the centre of Australia's second-largest city, police said.

Witnesses told The Age they were shopping in the area when they saw a man throw what they believed to be a bomb into a vehicle before it exploded.

The suspect was shot by police and died from gunshot wounds in the Alfred Hospital. Hindustan Times delivers the news across all social media platforms, on the web, and at your doorstep.

"Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage", police said in a statement. "Fire then started in the vehicle and he's got out of the vehicle".

Eyewitnesses told the ABC that a man was seen throwing something-perhaps a bomb-into what was allegedly his vehicle, which then exploded into flames.

The officers were seen trying for at least a minute to detain the man peaceably as his attacks on them continued, before one office shot him with a weapon.

Police shot the man in the chest and he was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Police were called to an incident in Bourke Street, in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a auto in flames at 4:20 p.m. local time.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Twitter that he condemned the "evil and cowardly attack" and praised the bravery of the police.

Two people, apparently members of the public, came to the aid of police, one using a shopping trolley and another using a chair to try and stop the attacker.

They said the suspect, who was hospitalised in a critical condition, had no known links to terrorism.

"I really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn't know what to do".

Bystander Drew Hair said he was walking on Swanston Street when he heard an explosion.

Witnesses said they heard a big bang and images appeared to show a auto on fire.

Police cordon off Bourke St after a vehicle explosion.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has praised both authorities and members of the public for their quick response in taking down the offender.

The bomb squad has cordoned off the area.


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