Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

One dead, two injured following stabbing incident in Melbourne

One dead, two injured following stabbing incident in Melbourne

Footage from the scene shows a man swinging a knife at two uniformed officers near a burning vehicle before he was shot.

The man stabbed three people, one fatally, before he was shot by police.

"The investigation is ongoing... there are no known links to terrorism at this stage".

Witnesses reported a loud explosion from a auto on a busy city center street.

Police shot the man when he approached officers swinging the knife.

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

"Nearby police quickly responded to the (initial) incident", he said.

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

Police later said the vehicle from which the slain suspect, a Somali national, had emerged, contained gas cylinders and was on fire when they arrived.

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The suspect, who wasn't immediately identified, was shot by police and later died at a hospital.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne.

After putting out the fire in the auto, authorities found what Ashton described as "barbecue-style" bottles of gasoline inside the vehicle, which prompted authorities to call the bomb response unit to the scene.

Victoria Police is treating a stabbing attack in Bourke Street, Melbourne, that killed one man and injured two as a terrorist attack.

Another witness on a passing tram told ABC Radio it seemed police had been trying to subdue a man who was waving something.

Forensic investigators combed through the scene late Friday, where the dead victim's body lay covered in a white plastic sheet.

Police want to hear from people who witnessed the event or captured footage as they piece together what happened. The video also shows another individual, dubbed "trolley man", quickly barging in with a trolley directly hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.

Police told people to stay away from the area.

More than 100 police swarmed on the area.

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