Melbourne attacker swings knife at police, 'trolley man' helps officers

Saul Bowman
November 10, 2018

Ashton said the three victims, all men, and the suspect were transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Police have said they believe the attacker acted alone and they are not searching for other suspects.

"A small number of people are being treated for stab wounds".

"The exact circumstances are yet to be determined".

We're live with Superintendent David Clayton following an incident on Bourke Street in the CBD this afternoon.

Search warrants are being executed on two homes in Melbourne's west, which 9NEWS believes is linked to yesterday's Bourke Street terror attack. Large spots of what appears to be blood are near the body alongside a pair of men's black lace-up shoes. Only the soles of the person's feet were visible.

The police officers who first responded to the scene received minor injuries.

Onlookers near the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets.

The man arrived in Australia from Somalia in the mid-1990s, according to the police, who were reluctant to reveal further identifying information. "Nearly within a minute, Victorian Police officers were in attendance in an unmarked vehicle".

"A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury". Their condition is not yet know.

"We also take this opportunity to thank those very fearless and dedicated members of Victoria Police who did all of us proud in their very quick response in very risky circumstances", Andrews said.

Melbourne was also the scene of two fatal car-ramming incidents previous year, but neither was linked by police to terrorism.

About 4.31pm, police send out a media alert asking the public to avoid the Bourke Street area.

Eyewitnesses told the ABC that a man was seen throwing something-perhaps a bomb-into what was allegedly his vehicle, which then exploded into flames.

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

One witness, Sarah Krug said she was heading to the night noddle markets when "all hell broke loose".

Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. I thought it was a auto backfiring but there was flames coming out of the vehicle.

Police confirmed on Friday night the attacker had been a person of interest to them and federal intelligence authority ASIO through relatives of his who had come to their notice. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

Another witness said: "Big fire".

The incident occurred on the same street as a deadly vehicle attack in January 2017 that left six people dead and at least 30 others wounded.

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