Australian police treating deadly knife attack as terrorism

SYDNEY (AP) - Police shot a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australia’s second-largest city, police said.

The incident, which brought central Melbourne to a standstill in the late afternoon rush, came after police responded to reports of a burning vehicle.

Officers were confronted near the burning car by a man “brandishing a knife and threatening them” while passers-by called out that people had been stabbed, Victoria state police Superintendent David Clayton said.

One of the stabbed people was dead at the scene and two others were taken to a hospital.

Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants. The man, who was shot in the chest by police, was in critical condition.

Clayton said a bomb squad was making the scene safe.

Victoria police tweeted a request for witnesses to speak to police and share any images that might help the investigation.

Melbourne police say they are treating the knife attack as a terrorism incident.