Thursday 27 July 2017

Extremist link probed after fatal Melbourne siege

An Australian policewoman directs traffic near emergency services vehicles near the site of where a gunman was shot dead after holding a woman hostage in Melbourne
An Australian policewoman directs traffic near emergency services vehicles near the site of where a gunman was shot dead after holding a woman hostage in Melbourne
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A shoot-out in Australia in which two men died, three police officers were injured and a female hostage was freed might be related to Islamic extremism, police have said.

Victoria state police deputy commissioner Andrew Crisp said officers were called on Monday to an apartment building in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton in response to reports of an explosion and discovered the body of a man in the lobby.

He said police tried to negotiate with a gunman in one of the apartments.

The gunman later left the building and shot three officers before police killed him.

Australian police from the bomb squad unit walk near the site where a gunman was shot dead
Australian police from the bomb squad unit walk near the site where a gunman was shot dead

The Seven Network television said it had received a phone call from a man who said: "This is for IS. This is for al-Qaeda," shortly before the shoot-out.

The hostage was rescued safely.

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