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Australia police say they shot man who made stabbing gesture

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Deanna Wagner | 10 November, 2018, 15:23

Some cordons were lifted later, though the immediate crime scene would be sealed until Saturday, police said.

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

Imam Musse described Shire Ali's family as "very decent" and said they worshipped at the Virgin Mary Mosque in Hoppers Crossing.

Meadow Heights neighbours recalled seeing Shire Ali "storm out" of the property less than a week ago with his wife in pursuit.

One witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to save him.

Ashton said, however, that police did not believe there were any ongoing threats to the public.

In the past, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for some "lone wolf" attacks in which the assailant was later found to have no allegiance to the group.

Yesterday's incident unfolded at about 4.10pm when emergency services were called to a auto fire in Bourke Street.

Vision from the scene shows a man lunging at police officers with a knife.

Police shot the suspect in the chest.

"The one who executed the ramming and stabbing operation in Melbourne (.) is one of the fighters of the Islamic State and he executed the operation in response to (a call) to target the citizens of the coalition", the ISIS news website Amaq said on Friday, according to news.com.au.

"He is known to both Victoria Police and federal intelligence authorities".

"Somali-Australians are peaceful people, terrorism is a disease and scourge on society, we must do everything we can to ensure it is eradicated".

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Police identified the attacker as 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has called the attack an "evil and awful thing".

Victoria's opposition leader, Matthew Guy also denounced the attack.

"All the resources of our state should be directed towards keeping Victorians safe". "We're not saying there was direct contact".

He further said Ali was was the brother of a man arrested in relation to committing acts in preparation for a terrorist attack.

The counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation.

"Australians will never be intimidated by these appalling attacks and we will continue to go about our lives and enjoy the freedoms that the terrorists detest", he said.

Police Commissioner Graham Ashton expressed his gratitude to Trolley Man, but cautioned members of the public against getting involved in situations like the one that occurred on Bourke Street.

Victoria Police are urging any witnesses to the incident to attend Melbourne West Police station to give a statement, or alternatively upload any images or videos from the incident to the Victoria Police facebook page.

He added: "These are traumatic events, they are terrifying".

Family friends say those close to Shire Ali are devastated by Friday's attack. I really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn't know what to do.

"We need to understand and become familiar with risks and hazards". "Again, we just have to be careful in the way that we do that".