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PICS: Knife-wielding attacker goes on rampage in Melbourne

Sydney/Melbourne - Several people were stabbed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and a man was arrested after an incident in the centre of the city crowded with pedestrians and shoppers. Police initially responded to a report of a car on fire ... a man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition, Victoria state police said in a statement. A small number of people are being treated for stab wounds. Further details are unclear however video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers. One of the officers raises his weapon, a shot is heard and the man falls to the ground clutching his chest. Victoria s ambulance service said that three injured people were being treated at the scene. A Reuters witness said that the city centre was closed off by police and that dozens of officers were patrolling. It is not clear if the incident is terror-related. Australia has been on heightened alert from 2015 for attacks by home-grown militants returning from fighting in the Middle East. The street where the car caught fire was the scene in January 2017 of a fatal but not terror-related incident in which a man drove his car at pedestrians at high speed, killing six people and wounding about 30. Reuters

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