Islamic State’s propaganda agency Amaq has claimed the terrorist attack which occurred today at 4.30 pm (local time) in Bourke street, Melbourne.
A man stabbed three people randomly in the street. One is dead, and the two wounded were transferred to the hospital. For now, the victims’ names are not known. According to Victoria’s police officers, the two men, 26 and 58 years old, haven’t suffered life threatening injuries.
The assaillant, of Somali origin, was shot in the chest by a police officer and died a few hours after the attack at the hospital. He was known by both local police and federal intelligence.
Police said they were “not looking for anyone further at this early stage”.
“We don’t believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident,” said Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton.
Police was officially called at around 4 pm to report of a car fire in Bourke street, a very busy street, just before the afterwork rush hour. When they arrived they found the assailant attacking pedestrians. Police also reported that the vehicle belonged to the terrorist and that they found gaz bottles inside. But, fortunately none of them has exploded.
It’s not the first time that a terrorist attack happened in Bourke street. Indeed, a drug-induced psychosis man, drove his car on pedestrians, and hit 33 people.
Marie Gounin, IEJ 3E