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Melbourne terror attack leaves one dead, two injured

10 November 2018

Australia police said Saturday a man who fatally stabbed another and injured two in what they described as a terrorist attack in central Melbourne had also planned to set off an explosion.

Several bystanders and police officers were attacked during the incident.

Dramatic footage showed two police officers trying to arrest the man as he lunges and slashes wildly in broad daylight on Bourke Street with his vehicle burning in the background.

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A major police incident has unfolded on Bourke Street, with one person confirmed dead and a knife-wielding man shot by police.

Police were called to an incident in Bourke Street, in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a vehicle in flames at 4:20 p.m. local time. He said the attacker was someone known to police through family connections. "We will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link".

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"I'm pretty sure he got stabbed in the face".

"Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is asked to go to Melbourne West Police Station to make a statement. Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's alright, he was still alive", he said. It sounded like a gunshot.

He's in a critical condition.

"We are treating this as a terrorism incident", he said.

Yesterday's incident unfolded at about 4.10pm when emergency services were called to a auto fire in Bourke Street.

"In terms of how and why, and when he moved along that path to radicalisation to basically putting in place those actions, that'll be a key focus of this investigation and I dare say other investigations".

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Officers were confronted near the burning vehicle by a man "brandishing a knife and threatening them" while passers-by called out that people had been stabbed, Victoria state police Superintendent David Clayton said.

"Passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", he said.

A fight ensued between officers, members of the public and the offender before the attacker was shot in the chest by officers and taken to hospital in a critical condition under guard. Unfortunately one is deceased at the scene. Police say the exact circumstances have not yet been determined.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the attack was "an evil, terrifying thing that's happened in our city".

Premier Daniel Andrews speaks to the media as police chief Graham Ashton listens in Melbourne, Australia, on November 9, 2018.

In one video posted on Twitter, a man can be seen repeatedly lashing out at two officers, apparently with a knife.

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Another bystander tries to stop the man by rolling a shopping trolley in his path. The street where the auto caught fire was the scene in January 2017 of a fatal but not terror-related incident in which a man drove his vehicle at pedestrians at high speed, killing six people and wounding about 30.

Melbourne terror attack leaves one dead, two injured