November 9, 2018 / 9:59 AM / 9 days ago

Melbourne stabber drove car loaded with gas cylinders - police

Armed security personnel stand near the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne, Australia, November 9, 2018. AAP/James Ross/via REUTERS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Friday said a Somali man who stabbed three people in the city of Melbourne on Friday drove a car laden with gas cylinders which caught fire and that they are treating the attack as terrorism.

The man stabbed three people, killing one, before he was shot by police. He later died in hospital, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

“We don’t believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident,” Ashton said. He declined to identify the attacker, but said he was Somali with “family associations that are well known to us”.

Ashton added that security arrangements at Remembrance Day memorials and other public events scheduled over the weekend will be reassessed and it was likely police numbers there boosted.

Reporting by Tom Westbrook; Editing by Nick Macfie

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