A brave passer-by used a trolley in an attempt to stop a man who attacked police with a knife on Bourke Street in Melbourne.
The man launched at police officers attempting to surround him after his burning vehicle lurched into Bourke Street about 4.20pm today.
A civilian can be seen in footage taken by witnesses pushing his shopping trolley at the attacker, momentarily stopping the man from lashing a knife toward two officers.
Bourke Street attack confirmed as terror incident
As the altercation moves down the street the man does not abandon the officers, using the trolley to keep distance between himself, police and the armed man.
After several attempts by police to stop the violence were met with a waving blade, the knifeman was shot once in the chest.
He was taken to the hospital and died 30 minutes later.
The knifeman, 30-year-old Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, who moved to Australia in the 90s, stabbed another man to death before his brush with police.
He also injured two other men who are being treated for stab wounds.
The man’s actions have been linked to terrorism.
BOURKE STREET ATTACK: What we know
– Police responded to reports of a vehicle on fire in Melbourne’s CBD about 4.10pm on Friday. The utility was found alight on the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets, a busy shopping area in the heart of the city.
– Officers were confronted by a man brandishing a knife and making threats. Passers-by told them three members of the public had been stabbed. The offender was shot by police and later died.
– A 74-year-old pedestrian later died at the scene
– Two other victims a 26-year-old and 58-year-old are in hospital, both have undergone surgery and are in stable conditions.
– The terrorist has been named as 30-year-old Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali.
– Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
– Counter terrorism officers are raiding two addresses in Werribee and Meadow Heights.
A victim of crime helpline has been set up: 1800 819 817
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