Australian police treating deadly knife attack as terrorism

Videos posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers. They were immediately attacked by the suspect wielding his knife.

The attack occurred on Bourke Street in the central downtown area.

The incident unfolded in a matter of seconds, but it was captured from a number of different angles by bystanders on their smartphones.

"I heard a massive explosion, the vehicle is completely alight".

Police are calling for any witnesses to contact the Melbourne West Police Station. 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.

A Reuters witness said that the city centre was closed off by police and that dozens of officers were on patrol.

A tall man wearing a long black coat and holding a knife has already stabbed three people. It said the man was "one of Daesh's fighters" and had responded to calls for attacks in countries that are part of the global coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.


The assailant punches one of the officers through the vehicle window.

"Cops trying to take down man armed with knife". There were a lot of policemen moving everyone away.

He added that police were not looking for any other attackers. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him a Daesh flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group. One of the officers shot him in the chest.

Mr Ashton said when a marked police auto arrived at the scene, the attacker reached in and punched an officer through the window before pulling out the knife and engaging the officers.

A Melbourne-based reporter tweeted that nearby buildings were placed on lockdown by the police following the incident. They had suffered a few minor injuries from the blade and the earlier punch.

The Victoria Police took to Twitter to update on the situation.

At one point, the man is knocked off his feet.

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