MELBOURNE: Three people were stabbed, one fatally, at a Melbourne shopping district Friday afternoon before a man wielding a knife was shot and killed by police as a car went up in flames nearby, News.com.au reported. Police said they are now treating the attack in the Bourke Street district as an act of terrorism, News.com.au reported.
Victoria Police confirmed that one person was dead at the scene, The Guardian reported.
Two people were taken to a hospital, police spokesman David Clayton said in a news conference.
Australian police on Friday reported multiple people were hurt in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne’s central business district, after they apprehended a suspect near a burning vehicle.
Paramedics said they assessed three people at the scene, one with a neck injury: “They are in a suspected critical condition. A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury. Condition not yet known. A third person has also been taken to hospital.”
Local media showed footage of a large man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot.
Police warned people to avoid the area, although the suspect is believed to have been detained.