A burnt out vehicle is surrounded by police tape on Bourke Street in central Melbourne, 2018..
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One person killed in stabbing attack in Melbourne, ISIS claims responsibility
One person was killed in a stabbing attack in Melbourne, Australia on Friday. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack a few hours later.
One person was killed and two were wounded after being attacked by a man. The attacker was shot by the police after setting a truck filled with gas cylinders on fire and is currently in critical condition in the hospital.
Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said that "there are no known links to terrorism."
However, a few hours later, ISIS took responsibility for the attack through the group's Amaq news website. However, they did not provide evidence for the claim.
"The one who executed the ramming and stabbing operation in Melbourne... is one of the fighters of the Islamic State and he executed the operation in response to [a call] to target the citizens of the coalition," the site announced.
It was referring to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's call in August to ISIS members to "use bombs, knives or cars to carry out attacks" in countries united with the US in the coalition that ended the caliphate he declared in 2014 over parts of Iraq and Syria.
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Reuters contributed to this report.
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