1 killed, 2 injured in "terror" attack in Australia's Melbourne

Police have responded to an incident involving a knife weilding man in Melbourne's CBDMore

Police have responded to an incident involving a knife weilding man in Melbourne's CBDMore

A Somali-born man set fire to a pickup truck laden with gas cylinders in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police in a rampage they called an act of terrorism.

Once at the scene police say the man who emerged from the vehicle attacked officers, before members of the public alerted them to several people who had been stabbed.

"We are still trying to piece together whether the vehicle was lit, then he got out the auto or whether he got out of the auto and then the vehicle took flame", Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

"He got out of the vehicle, engaged with some members of the public at that location".

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"It is at times like this when we need to be incredibly supportive and empathetic of all Melbournians because we will respond to this in different ways, and I hope that we can pull together as a community to really support each other". In one video clip, circulated on Twitter, a police officer raises his weapon as a suspect repeatedly jabs towards him with a knife.

Inside the Holden Rodeo were gas cylinders for a presumptive vehicle bombing created to slaughter dozens on the busy sidewalks.

The unnamed terror suspect was transported to Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he later died.

Officers said they "are not looking for anyone further at this early stage" and there was no immediate evidence of an ongoing threat related to the attack.

Morrison said the efforts of emergency services workers, who tended not only to the victims but the attacker as well reminded "everyone what a decent, fair and humane people we are".

He moved to Australia in the '90s from Somalia, and had a record of "minor" offenses, including marijuana use, some driving offenses and theft.

Premier Daniel Andrews thanked the strangers who sprang into action "without a moment's hesitation".

"Having said that this is an ongoing investigation".

At first, Ambulance Victoria three people were injured, one critically.

The male suspect was shot by police and was taken to the hospital where he later died.

All victims are men, according to Mr Ashton.

"Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's all right, he was still alive", Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press.

"He was breathing and he was bleeding out".

Video shows the man attempting to slash police officers with a large knife before falling to the ground.

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning auto before he was shot.

Police quickly arrived on the scene, Ashton said.

"And someone said they could see someone doing chest compressions on someone as an ambulance started coming up the street".

When asked if police should have shot Shire Ali in the leg rather than the chest, Commissioner Ashton said police were trained to kill if they believed their life or a member of the public's life was at risk.

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