Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State: Australian police

Melbourne attacker inspired by Islamic State: Australian police

Police responded to the scene on Bourke Street after receiving reports of a auto on fire, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters shortly after the incident.

"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.

The suspect also tried to attack responding police but was shot by officers and later died of his injuries, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

Yesterday afternoon, 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali pulled up in Bourke Street in his four-wheel drive, containing gas cylinders turned to their open position.

The spokesperson advised a "small number of people" have been stabbed and police are not seeking anyone further at this time.

Mr Ashton said he believed the suspect moved to Australia from Somalia in 1990s, and that his family members have been known to police on terrorism-related matters.

He had a criminal history for cannabis use, theft and driving offences, Ashton said.

One witness told the Herald Sun that bystanders were calling to police, "shoot him, shoot him".

"It's fair to say he was inspired".

However, it is not yet known if there was direct contact between him and the group. "We're saying it was more from an inspirational perspective", McCartney said.

However, police said they are unsure how the fire began.

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In a statement, police said: "The man was known to Victoria Police and federal intelligence authorities by way of his family associations".

State Premier Daniel Andrews described the attack as "evil" but said the city would not be bowed.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, without providing any evidence.

Police said Shire Ali's Australian passport was cancelled in 2015 after an intelligence report he planned to travel to Syria, but an assessment was made that whilst he had radical views, he posed no threat to national security.

Dramatic footage captured from the scene shows officers try to apprehend the man following his stabbing attack.

A man aged 74, who had been stabbed in the face, died at the scene.

A man with a shopping trolley is being heralded as a hero after putting himself in harm's way on Friday when he jumped in to help police take down a man who stabbed three people in Melbourne's CBD.

"From what we know we are treating this as a terrorism incident", he said at a press conference.

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 assailant killed by police. One of his victims also died in the hospital.

Fully engulfed. Multiple loud bangs."This incident in Bourke Street comes on the second day of the highly-publicised murder trial of James Gargasoulas, who allegedly drove through Bourke Street Mall on January 20, 2017, killing six people and injuring 27 others".

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