Melbourne knife attack is being treated as an act of terror

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One man was killed, two more were injured. 

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Police have revealed that the knife attack in Melbourne's CBD on Friday afternoon which left one dead and two injured is currently being treated as an act of terror. 

The incident occurred in the late afternoon after a car burst into flames on Bourke Street a little after 4 pm. 

The 31-year-old knifeman stabbed three people. One unidentified man who was stabbed in the face died from the attack and two more men, aged 26 and 58, were rushed to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. 

It has been reported that the knifeman attempted to flee the scene on foot, then attacked the officers who pursued him. He was shot by police and later died in hospital. 

“We are now treating this as a terrorism incident,” Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton told media in a press conference. 

"Initially that person didn't have any identification on them but we believe we now have confirmation of the identity of that person."

Reuters has stated that Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. It has been reported that the group has not offered any evidence of this, however. 

People are being asked to steer clear of the crime scene between Bourke Street between Russell and Swanston Streets. Victoria Police have stated that there will be a larger police presence in the area in the coming days. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online.

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Written By Stephanie Nuzzo