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    Several people were attacked and a car burst into flames in the centre of Melbourne, the Australian outlet The Age reported.

    Police have shot a Somali man who stabbed one person to death and wounded two more Friday after setting his car, laden with gas cylinders, ablaze on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Australia, Reuters reported.

    "Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene," Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said. "There is no known links to terrorism at this stage we will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link."

    However, later in the day, Reuters reported citing Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton that police was treating the recent stabbing as a terror attack.

    Moreover, Australian police said that the attacker died in hospital. Earlier in the day, the reports stated that the suspect has been hospitalized and was in critical condition after a confrontation with police.

    Prior to that, a video appeared online showing the armed man attacking a number of police officers.

    Local media cited police as saying several people are currently being treated for stab wounds.

    Hundreds of police officers and emergency service personnel remain on the scene. Police have cordoned off the area and have urged the public to avoid the site.

    READ MORE: Two People Injured in London Stabbing Incident, Suspect Arrested — Police

    In addition, police have urged witnesses to report details to police at Melbourne West Station.


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