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Sydney - Gas-laden Truck Set Afire, Three Stabbed, One Dead In Australia Terror Attack

Published on: November 9, 2018 08:57 AM
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A deceased person is seen on Bourke street after an incident in Melbourne, Australia, 09 November 2018.EPAA deceased person is seen on Bourke street after an incident in Melbourne, Australia, 09 November 2018.EPA

Sydney - A knife-wielding man stabbed three people, one fatally, in Australia’s second-largest city on Friday in an attack police linked to terrorism.

The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill. Hundreds of people watched from behind barricades as police tried to apprehend the attacker.

Police said the man got out of a pickup truck, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife. He also attempted to attack police who arrived on the scene before being shot in the chest by an officer.

The suspect died later at a hospital. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

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Police said the attacker’s vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back. A bomb squad rendered them safe without any exploding.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident was being treated as terrorism.

“From what we know of that individual we are treating this as a terrorism incident,” Ashton told reporters, adding that the police counterterrorism command was working on the case, as well as homicide detectives.

“He’s known to police mainly in respect to relatives that he has which certainly are persons of interest to us, and he’s someone that accordingly is known to both Victorian police and the Federal intelligence authorities,” he said. He did not elaborate.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm, but provided no evidence. It said the man was an Islamic State fighter and had responded to IS calls for attacks in countries that are part of the international coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.

IS, which has suffered heavy battlefield setbacks in the past year, often claims attacks without any clear connection.

A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. A knife-wielding man stabbed two people, one fatally, in Australia's second-largest city on Friday in an attack likely linked to terrorism, police said. The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill.(James Ross/AAP Image via AP)A burnt out vehicle is seen on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. A knife-wielding man stabbed two people, one fatally, in Australia's second-largest city on Friday in an attack likely linked to terrorism, police said. The attack during the afternoon rush hour brought central Melbourne to a standstill.(James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

Friday’s attack occurred on the eve of a busy weekend in Melbourne, with a major horse race scheduled for Saturday and a national league soccer match the following day. Sunday is also Remembrance Day, when memorial ceremonies for World War I are held.

Ashton said police were “doing security reassessments of these events in light of what’s occurred,” but there was “no ongoing threat we’re currently aware of in relation to people surrounding this individual.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the “evil and cowardly attack.”

“Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest,” he said in a statement.

One witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to save him.

“Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he’s all right, he was still alive,” the witness, Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press.

“He was breathing and he was bleeding out.”

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

In December 2014, a 17-hour siege in which a gunman took 18 people hostage in a Sydney cafe ended with two hostages dead and the gunman killed by police. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him an Islamic State flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group.

However, at a later inquest, the coroner of New South Wales state said the gunman’s actions fell “within the accepted definition of terrorism.”

Melbourne was also the scene of two fatal car-ramming incidents last year, but neither was linked by police to terrorism.



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 Nov 09, 2018 at 09:46 AM BoruchH Says:

Australia permits 'Same Sex' child adoption.
This is a great evil, a form of kidnapping and enslavement of children.
The child's opinion is of no importance to the Australian Government.
The new parents probably had a father and mother, including the government ministers. Yet they deny this to an orphan.
Brutal and cruel policies.
Boruch Hoffinger

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 10:31 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #1  
BoruchH Says:

Australia permits 'Same Sex' child adoption.
This is a great evil, a form of kidnapping and enslavement of children.
The child's opinion is of no importance to the Australian Government.
The new parents probably had a father and mother, including the government ministers. Yet they deny this to an orphan.
Brutal and cruel policies.
Boruch Hoffinger

And Pakistan doesn't allow such adoptions and people get killed by bombings and then the people at the funeral get killed by separate bombings. Are you correlating this attacked with Australia's adoption policy?

You are not a Navi, nor the son of a Navi,

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 11:09 AM fat36 Says:

In New York they would have pop that guy before he even pulled out the knife. a lot of restraint in Australia

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 11:59 AM Normal Says:

I know what you guys are thinking. I’m always busy criticizing the US for it’s insane gun policy, and here we are with a terror attack by knife and vehicle! But the truth is that I’ve been critical of my very own Australian goverment for permitting vehicles and knives. We would be much better off as a nation living like our bushmen brethren.

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 10:30 AM ravdave Says:

Reply to #1  
BoruchH Says:

Australia permits 'Same Sex' child adoption.
This is a great evil, a form of kidnapping and enslavement of children.
The child's opinion is of no importance to the Australian Government.
The new parents probably had a father and mother, including the government ministers. Yet they deny this to an orphan.
Brutal and cruel policies.
Boruch Hoffinger

What does this have to do with the attempted terrorist attack? I appreciate your insecurities and apprehensions with the gay community but this is not the place to express it. Also your logic is flawed and your statement is a non-sequitur. Would you really prefer that the child remain unloved in an orphanage?
As an aside there is no reason to assume that the child raised by gay parents will be gay or a child raised by straight parents will necessarily be heterosexual.

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 12:39 PM hashomer Says:

Maybe trumpf is right after all.

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 Nov 09, 2018 at 01:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
hashomer Says:

Maybe trumpf is right after all.

Glad to see you're back on your meds.

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 Nov 10, 2018 at 11:37 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
ravdave Says:

What does this have to do with the attempted terrorist attack? I appreciate your insecurities and apprehensions with the gay community but this is not the place to express it. Also your logic is flawed and your statement is a non-sequitur. Would you really prefer that the child remain unloved in an orphanage?
As an aside there is no reason to assume that the child raised by gay parents will be gay or a child raised by straight parents will necessarily be heterosexual.

Baruch H is a bit of a nut case so treat him gently....

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