The Bourke Street incident: what we know so far

The Bourke Street incident: what we know so far

Australian police said on Saturday a man who fatally stabbed a person and injured two others in central Melbourne "held radicalised views" that prompted him to carry out the attack.

He later died in hospital, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

"Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene", he said.

Ashton added that the suspect, who has not yet been publicly named, was known to counter-terrorism officials.

A video of the attack, which has gone viral, shows a man attacking the police with a knife, moments after the vehicle exploded in flames.

Australia has been on alert for such violence after a Sydney cafe siege in 2014, and its intelligence agencies have stepped up scrutiny, though police said there was no warning of the latest attack.

A total of three people were stabbed during the assault, police revealed during a press conference.

"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 in a statement.

He lunged at them with a knife when they got out of the vehicle.

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

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Witnesses reported a loud explosion from the vehicle, which burst into flames before a man emerged and began attacking people with a knife in the street, police said.

Two other victims have been taken to hospital with injuries.

Earlier, Superintendent David Clayton had said investigators were "keeping an open mind" about motive.

The incident comes as a man is on trial for a 2017 attack on the same street which left six people dead.

Police officers who apprehended the suspect are now being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition.

The officers were seen trying for at least a minute to detain the man peaceably as his attacks on them continued, before one officer shot him in the chest.

"Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's alright, he was still alive", nearby KFC worker Markel Villasin told AAP.

"This is an evil and terrifying thing that has happened", Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said.

A second person, condition unknown, has been taken to hospital with a head injury.

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