Australia: Several people stabbed in Melbourne 'terror' attack

The knifeman was shot as he tried to stab two officers on a central Melbourne street after he had stabbed three people on Friday, Nov. 9, according to Australia's Perth Now.

Once at the scene police say the man who emerged from the auto attacked officers, before members of the public alerted them to several people who had been stabbed.

When police arrived, the man punched one of the officers through their patrol vehicle window, Ashton told reporters Friday.

The man has been arrested and is under police guard in hospital. Hindustan Times, owned by HT Media Ltd, is one of India's largest publications that provides unbiased news, analysis and features on politics, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and more.

Clayton added that the bomb squad had cleared the area and deemed it safe, and that fire crews had extinguished the burning auto.

A Somalian man went on a knife rampage in central Melbourne today, stabbing three people after setting a auto full of explosives on fire.

The suspect has been "known to police mainly in respect to relatives he has that are certainly persons of interest to us", Ashton said.

Police said the attacker's vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back.

Police confirmed one person had been killed, while two others were in hospital.

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.

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The man was shot in the chest by police. The man follows with the trolley and pushes it towards the attacker again, as a police officer opens fire.

"The exact circumstances are yet to be determined".

Witnesses have described hearing a loud bang during the incident.

Another man was also seen on footage using a chair and attempting to hit the attacker with it.

A man has reportedly been gunned down by police after a vehicle crashed and burst into flames on Bourke Street Mall.

Police are asking members of the public to avoid the area.

Anyone with information is being asked to make a statement at the West Melbourne Police Station.

A driver who rammed into pedestrians at a mall close to Friday's incident killed at least four people in January of a year ago.

Victoria's premier, Daniel Andrews, praised the police and bystanders who rushed to help "complete strangers".

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