Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror investigation

Australian police search Melbourne properties in terror investigation

A man has killed one person and wounded two in a knife rampage in Melbourne that police are treating as a terror attack.

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

The video shows the man attempting to slash police officers with a large knife before falling to the ground.

Victoria State Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told a press conference that the male assailant stabbed three men before one of the responding police officers shot him once in the chest at the scene.

Hassain Khalif Shire Ali, 30, got out of a pickup vehicle, which then caught fire, and stabbed three men, one of whom died at the scene on Friday.

He said the terrorist, who moved to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s, was known authorities because of his "relatives".

Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers in the downtown area of the city.

Police warned people to avoid the area, although the suspect is believed to have been detained.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the "evil and cowardly attack".

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Authorities are treating the attack as a terrorism incident, Ashton said.

The incident began after the attacker drove his utility vehicle loaded with gas cylinders into a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and burst into flames around 4.20pm on Friday afternoon.

An eyewitness said after the vehicle burst into flames, someone walked up to the alleged driver and was stabbed directly in the chest.

Police and civilians tried to subdue Khalif before police shot him in the chest.

Police have said they believe the attacker acted alone and they are not searching for other suspects.

Police are now at an incident on Bourke Street in the CBD. Police initially responded to a report of a auto on fire near the corner of Swanston Street about 4.20pm. One of the victims also died and the two others were hospitalized.

A second person, condition unknown, has been taken to hospital with a head injury.

Mr Hair said two civilians became involved as well as two police, trying to stop the man from his attack.

A witness who gave his name as Markel told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio: "Bystanders were yelling out "just shoot him, just shoot him".

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