- Attacker was shot in the chest after his knife rampage and died of his wounds in Royal Melbourne Hospital
- Holden Rodeo crashed before bursting into flames on the pavement in front of shocked afternoon shoppers
- Man then stabbed three bystanders before slashing at two police officers who confronted him
- Video then showed him scuffle with officers before being shot in the chest, and falling to the ground
- A brave shopper also tried to run him down with a trolley during the chaos before the man was arrested
- Man rushed to hospital in a critical condition with a chest injury as two others were taken with minor injuries
- A third man was dead at the scene with his body laying in the street covered with a white sheet
- Somalian man is reportedly known to ASIO spy agency and has links to terror plotters that are being probed
- His brother was arrested in 2017 for attempting a terror attack in Federation Square on New Years Eve
The knife-wielding Somali terrorist who was shot dead by police after crashing a car on Melbourne’s Bourke Street and setting it on fire, before stabbing three men, one fatally, has been named as Mohamed Khalif.
The lone wolf attacker also goes by the name of Hassan Shire, the Herald Sun reported.
He was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but later died from his wounds.
Officers shot him in the chest after his Holden Rodeo loaded with gas cylinders hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and exploded outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection about 4.20pm on Friday.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have since claimed the attack as their own via their propaganda platform, releasing a statement saying ‘the perpetrator of the operation in Melbourne was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation to target nationals of the coalition fighting IS’, Amaq reported, allegedly quoting a jihadist security source.
ISIS have previously claimed responsibility for attacks that were later discovered to be unrelated to the organisation.
Khalif’s 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was arrested in November of 2017 in relation to an alleged foiled terror attack in Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne.
A knifeman stabbed a shopper to death on Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall and injured two others. A body was seen lying on the street covered in a white sheet
ISIS have since claimed the attack as their own via the propaganda platform, releasing a statement saying ‘the perpetrator of the operation… in Melbourne… was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation… to target nationals of the coalition’ fighting IS, Amaq reported
The 31-year-old and his family were known to counter-terror agencies at a state and national level and were believed to have ties with north African extremist groups.
[ Yet in news bulletins yesterday Police suggested it was not terrorist related]
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So this guy was on the ASIO watch list, his brother was arrested for plotting a terrorist attack last year, his wife is known to be radicalised, yet they just let him roam the streets of Melbourne no problem
Was known to police, So how many more that are known to police are roaming around like a time bomb ticking. I think it’s time that every single one known to police are deported immediately , no questions asked. Do not even give them a chance. It is not fair to the general public to have these imbecile people in the country.
As they stated, “Not only the attacker, but also his family are well known to police as they have committed crimes before”. If this is the case why is there not a law set in motion where if an immigrant breaks multiple laws (this certain attacker was known and previously convicted by police due to drug use/ theft) they will automatically be deported back to their country of origin.
Khalif’s passport was cancelled several years ago after he was flagged as one of 300 potential security risks.
It was also noted police are unable to get in touch with Khalif’s wife, and believe she is both missing and radicalised.
Authorities may be hoping to utilise the state’s preventative detention laws for the first time since they came into effect, in which police are legally allowed to detain a suspect for up to seven days should they believe the person poses a threat or security risk, Herald Sun reported.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the attack was ‘an evil and terrifying thing that’s happened in our state’.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with everybody touched by this, but we will not be defined by this,’ he said.
Victorian Liberal Party leader Matthew Guy said ‘we must eradicate this sort of thing,’ in a media conference shortly after.
‘Every resource should be going into keeping Victorians safe.’
Video showed a man wielding a knife attempt to stab and slash at two police officers before he was shot and fell to the ground, and also a brave shopper try to hit him with a trolley
The officers then retreated to the other side of the road as the bearded attacker with a shaved head and dressed in a long brown tunic, pursued them as horrified bystanders called on police to shoot him
Khalif’s 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali (pictured), was arrested in November of 2017 in relation to a foiled terror attack in Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne
Khalif chased the officers around a tree as they tried to avoid his blos and convince him to surrender.
A brave bystander tried to stop the attack by running him down with a shopping trolley.
Another bystander, who lunged at Khalif using a traffic cone, told the Daily Telegraph the offender had ‘crazy eyes’.
Another young witness, who was working at a local KFC at the time, recollected the moment he saw all the blood from one of the victims, who was face down on the footpath.