One Dead, Three Hospitalised After Horror Attack On Bourke Street

One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack [videos]

Australian police shot a knife-wielding man who is believed to have stabbed three people in Melbourne's city-center Friday, killing one of them.

"The police officers are OK".

According to them, the police initially responded to a report of a auto on fire near the corner of Swanston Street about 4.20 pm (10.50 am IST).

Police said there was no terrorism link at this stage but they are "keeping an open mind".

Chilling footage uploaded to social media shows a man attacking police with a knife moments after the vehicle exploded.

Police have since confirmed three people were stabbed, one fatally.

A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition. Their genders, ages, and condition are not known.

One of the victims has died, while the others have been taken to hospital. "It's very early in the stages of the investigation", Supt Clayton said.

Witnesses say they heard one bang or multiple bangs and gunshots in the area, which was subsequently put on lock down.

Witness Fiona told 3AW her friends had seen someone with a knife in the area and she'd been told he'd stabbed a security guard.




An eyewitness said after the auto burst into flames, someone walked up to the alleged driver and was stabbed directly in the chest.

Witnesses said they heard a big bang and images appeared to show a auto on fire.

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

The street where the vehicle caught fire is the same one when in January 2017 a fatal but not terror-related incident when a man plowed his auto in to pedestrians at a high speed, killing six people and woulding about 30.

'Police response was swift and overwhelming.

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January a year ago.

"I could see a big ute on fire driving across the road".

"I really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn't know what to do.

The area has been cordoned off and the public are urged to avoid the area".

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