Melbourne gunman named as terror suspect Yacqub Khayre

A man was shot dead on Monday by Australian police who ended a hostage crisis at an apartment in south eastern suburb of Melbourne where a woman was held captive and a body of another man was found.

The fatal standoff, which ended in a volley of gunfire, saw a man murdered, the woman taken hostage, three officers shot, and the gunman killed by police.

The group has claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly incidents in the United Kingdom, including the weekend attack in London that left seven people dead and nearly 50 injured.

He added: "It is a terrorist attack and it underlines the need for us to be constantly vigilant, never to be deterred, always defiant, in the face of Islamist terrorism".

'He appears to (have been) in the wrong place at the wrong time, ' Mr Ashton said.

Responsibility for the incident has been claimed by ISIS which justified it with Australia's membership of the US-led worldwide coalition fighting against it in Iraq and Syria.

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"It is clear that this is a real issue where people with known records of violence, including people with known terrorist connections, or at least connections with extremists, have been released on parole".

The Prime Minister described the attack, which left the terrorist dead following a shootout with officers, as a shocking and cowardly crime.

Australia is a key ally of the US and is flying combat missions against Islamic State in Syria.

Hours later ISIS published a statement via a news agency linked to the group, saying the attack had been carried out by one of its soldiers.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said Khayre had served time for a 2012 home invasion and could not get parole when his minimum sentence of three years was served because of "terrible behaviour" in prison.

Victoria Police is treating the attack as a terrorist incident and AAP photos show an evidence bag containing a "hardcover book with Arabic writing" was taken from the apartment.

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Khayre spoke about al-Qaida in phone calls to police and to Seven Network television, and Ashton said the gunman possibly had plotted to lure police into an ambush.

The siege began at Buckingham Serviced Apartments in the up-market bayside suburb of Brighton on Tuesday evening.

Victoria police said it was investigating whether the incident was "terrorism related".

Mr Ashton said the gunman "had been involved in a terrorism matter up in New South Wales back in 2009".

Khayre was charged and acquitted by a jury over a plot to attack the Holsworthy Army barracks in Sydney in 2009.

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