Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

Police confirmed one person had been killed, while two others were in hospital.

Later, a man was arrested after he was shot at the scene and taken to a hospital under police guard in a critical condition.

The auto burst into flames near the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets about 4.20pm on Friday and while the vehicle was quickly extinguished, reports soon followed of a knife attack. A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition.

Counter terrorism police have been notified and are investigating.

Three people are reported to have been injured, with one in a critical condition after being stabbed in the neck.

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A third person has also been taken to hospital, although the nature of their injuries is not yet known.

It was too early to say if the incident was terror-related, they said.

'The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

In multiple videos that surfaced, a man can be seen trying to stab two policemen who try to make several attempts to wrest the knife from the man.

Images from the scene show a large white sheet covering a section of the road near what appears to be blood.

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Melbourne resident Meegan May tweeted: "Chaos in Bourkest as a guy seems to have set his vehicle on fire then attacking police with a knife".

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers.

Witnesses told The Age they were shopping in the area when they saw a man throw what they believed to be a bomb into a auto before it exploded.

The incident occurred on Bourke Street just outside the Target Centre, near the intersection of Swanston St.

A Melbourne-based reporter tweeted that nearby buildings were placed on lockdown by the police following the incident.

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"He seemed to be waving something, people around me screamed that he had a knife, but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", she said.

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