Australian police arrest man for allegedly supplying gun in deadly Melbourne attack

June 12, 2017 08:21
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WELLINGTON - Australian police said on Monday a 25-year-old man had been arrested and charged with allegedly supplying a firearm used in a deadly siege in Melbourne last week, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called an "act of terrorism".

Victoria state police said in a statement on their website that the man had been charged with four offenses and would appear in court on June 14.

The deadly attack took place on June 6 in Australia's second-largest city with police shooting dead a gunman, Yacqub Khayre, after he killed a man in the foyer of an apartment block and held a woman hostage inside.

Turnbull said police were treating the siege as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible.

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