One person is dead and at least two others injured after stabbings in the centre of the city
One man has been killed and two others injured after a man went on the rampage on Bourke Street in Melbourne’s city centre.
The suspected attacker was shot by police and taken to hospital under guard, but died shortly afterwards.
Police said they believed the attack was related to terrorism. The attacker was known to known to counter-terrorism authorities at state and national level, and had relatives who were persons of interest.
The man lived in the north-western suburbs of Melbourne. He had migrated from Somalia to Australia in the 1990s, police said.
The injuries of the other two men were not life-threatening, police said.
Witnesses said the man drove a car outside the Target centre about 4.20pm. As the vehicle went up in flames, he attempted to stab people and fought with police and bystanders.
Police shot the man in the chest after he was seen lunging at them with a knife.
People could be seen trying to help the police, using a shopping trolley and a chair to fend the man off.
A body could be seen on the pavement outside one store. Police said two others were injured, but their condition is not yet known.
The bomb response unit cordoned off the area and the car fire was extinguished.
People were urged to stay away from Bourke Street, Swanston Street and the Melbourne CBD, much of which would be closed until at least 8am on Saturday, police said.