Melbourne attack: Stabbing spree in city center was terrorism, police say

A vehicle can be seen on fire in Bourke Street Melbourne

The man and one victim died at hospital, while two others were treated for injuries, according to the police. He also died from his gunshot wound in hospital.

Counter-terrorism police and intelligence officers are still piecing together how the incident occurred, but it is known the attacker drove a 4×4 truck loaded with gas bottles into the bustling city centre at around 4:00 PM (0500 GMT) on Friday evening.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, without providing any evidence.

Police have not revealed the identity of the deceased man, but media reports have named the victim as Sisto Malaspina, the owner of Melbourne's iconic Pellegrini's Espresso Bar. "He was radicalised", Australian Federal Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Ian McCartney told reporters in Melbourne.

At the time of this writing, few other news organizations have supplied a name for the suspect, although Australia's Herald Sun cited police sources who said the suspect's wife is "missing and is believed to have been radicalized", as the Daily Mail also indicated.

Ashton said police had spoken to Shire Ali's wife.

The perpetrator, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, had his passport cancelled in 2015 after it was learned that he planned to travel to Syria, police said.

He said there would be a strong police presence in the city. Police are asking for members of the public to avoid the area. "Fire then started in the vehicle and he's got out of the vehicle".

The video also shows another individual, dubbed "trolley man", quickly barging in with a trolley directly hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.

"I've seen the trolley to the side so I've picked it up and I've ran and threw the trolley straight at him", he said.

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"You're trained to shoot to kill, not to shoot to wound".

Friday's attack is a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, who ploughed his vehicle into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people. The person is known to police.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said "radical, violent, extremist Islam" poses the greatest threat to Australia's national security. It's believed the raids are linked to yesterday's terror attack.

"I'll never accept that violent extremism should be a way of life for a big city like Melbourne".

He said Australia was under threat by a "radical and unsafe ideology of extremist Islam".

"Equally, those strangers, people who were by-standers who knew nobody involved, who stepped in without a moment's hesitation, to render support and assistance to the courageous members of the Victoria Police, they too are people whose qualities make all of us proud as well".

"I'm absolutely terrified", he said. "They've done each and every one of us proud", he continued.

"There was always cars coming and going", she said.

"We are members of a wider Australian community".

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