Melbourne police: One dead, two injured in terrorist stabbing

Islamic State claims attack after law enforcement shoots, arrests knife-wielding assailant; officials says suspect is from Somalia and was known to intelligence authorities

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Times of Israel
Melbourne police: One dead, two injured in terrorist stabbing

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australian police on Friday said they were treating a deadly knife attack in Melbourne as an act of terror, adding that the suspect was originally from Somalia and was known to intelligence authorities.

“We are now treating this as a terrorism event,” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton, adding that the suspect is “someone that is known to us” and had been travelling in a 4×4 packed with gas bottles.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility. “The perpetrator of the operation… in Melbourne… was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation… to target nationals of the coalition” fighting IS, propaganda channel Amaq quoted a jihadist source as saying.

The knife-wielding attacker killed one person and injured two others in a rush hour stabbing rampage in downtown Melbourne Friday, before being shot and captured by police.

Witnesses said the man began attacking pedestrians near a pickup truck apparently belonging to the attacker which had exploded into flames.

Australian police said one person died at the scene and another two others were being treated for their injuries.

The suspect was was hospitalized in critical condition.

Media showed video footage of police then trying to restrain a large man in a dark tunic who was lunging, slashing and stabbing wildly at two officers as a pick-up truck burned nearby.

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 warned people to avoid the area and dispatched the bomb squad to secure the area and examine the burning car.

Officers said they “are not looking for anyone further at this early stage.”

“The exact circumstances are yet to be determined. The area has been cordoned off,” police said.

The apparent attack came as a 28-year-old James Gargasoulas underwent trial in Melbourne for driving into a crowd in the same area in 2017, killing six people.


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6 COMMENTS

  1. funny how the maniacs are always from the religion of peace. melbourne is under siege by african gangs. the authorities are bending over backwards to not mention this ethnic aspect. islam is evil. but so is judaism and christianity. in fact semitic monotheism is violently unhinged

  2. I have my doubts ISIS being behind this. A knife wielding man does not create the impact like a bomb would. I`m sure he was an ISIS follower but if ISIS was really behind this they would have used more outstanding methods.

    • the maniac wanted to go off to the middle east. he was denied this chance of martyrdom. then back home he went mental. some humans are simply insane

  3. Australian police, unlike American, are trained to use non lethal force in these situations, like pepper spray, tazer, before drawing their weapons, also to shoot in the leg.
    Maybe Australian police are now getting instructions from the Israeli lobby.

    • actually if you see what happened the officer tried to calm the maniac down. said maniac however turns on to the officer with a knife. the intentions are clear. so he is shot. no need to get all conspirational.

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