A Somali suspect emerged from a car, which later burst into flames, and stabbed three people bringing central Melbourne to a standstill in the late afternoon rush. The attacker also died later after he was shot by police.
Australian police on Friday said a Somali man, who stabbed three people in the city of Melbourne on Friday, drove a car laden with gas cylinders which later caught fire and that they are treating the attack as a terror incident.
The suspect stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police. He later died in hospital, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.
“We don’t believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident,” Ashton said. He declined to identify the attacker, but said he was Somali with “family associations that are well known to us.”
Ashton added that security arrangements at Remembrance Day memorials and other public events scheduled over the weekend will be reassessed and it was likely police numbers there boosted.