Police are investigating possible links to terrorism after a hostage situation in Melbourne left two people dead and three police officers injured.
Authorities were called to the serviced apartment building on Bay Street in Brighton at 4pm after reports had been received about an explosion.
When authorities arrived a man’s body was found in the foyer of the building, police said.
The lone gunman was holding a woman hostage inside the apartment building, but police have said she has been rescued.
The gunman was shot dead by police at the apartment complex.
Three police officers were injured when police stormed the building, two of which were taken to hospital with reported gunshot wounds. They are both in a stable condition.
The other officer was treated on the scene and was not transferred to hospital.
Police say they are now investigating whether the events are terrorism related.
The suspect was known to counter-terrorism police According to the Herald Sun.
A male caller to the Channel 7 newsroom in Melbourne said: “This is for IS” and “this is for Al-Qaeda.” The station said a woman could be heard screaming in the background.
Journalists and curious residents lining Bay St outside the police cordons were told to “get off the street” and ran into a Coles supermarket about 100 meters from the apartment building.
More to come as updates come in…stay tuned
Khayre (The shooter) was jailed in 2012 for a home invasion, and accused of involvement in a terror plot on Holsworthy Army Barracks in Sydney.
It’s reported that he cut off a tracking bracelet affixed to his ankle before launching yesterday’s attack, during which he killed a man in the lobby of a serviced apartment complex in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Brighton, and took a woman hostage.
According to Melbourne-based media, an alarm was triggered at Corrections Victoria when the anklet was tampered with shortly after 4pm.
During the attack Khayre called Channel 7’s newsroom and declared “This is for IS, and this is for Al-Qaeda”.
….This man was actually a known isis – sympathiser and terror subject AND WE LET HIM LOOSE ! This is absolutely disgusting, and the blood of those who died in Melbourne is ON THE HANDS OF THE GOVERNMENT THAT LET HIM FREE.
The Loud Libertarian