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CBD TERROR: How the horror unfolded on Bourke St again


Two people were killed and two others were injured in what police are treating as a terrorist incident on Bourke Street on Friday.

It started with a car bursting into flames near the entrance to the mall about 4.30pm.

Click PLAY to hear how shocked Melburnians broke the news to Tom Elliott

The car was packed with what police described as “BBQ style” gas bottles.

A man wielding a knife, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, then stabbed three people – one fatally – before lashing out at police.

After several lunging attempts to stab patient police officers, Shire Ali was shot by an officer.

He was arrested and taken to hospital in a critical conditions but later died in hospital.

Shire Ali, 30, was known to police for cannabis use, theft an driving offences.

Police believe Shire Ali had intended for there to be a larger explosion in Bourke Street.

He lived in Melbourne’s north-west, having moved to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s.

Police have spoken his wife since the attack.

Counter terrorism investigators executed search warrants at two addresses in Werribee and Meadows Heights this morning.

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“It’s so chaotic,” witness Sarah told Tom Elliott.

“I heard a massive explosion, the car is completely alight.

“It was pretty frightening.”

Click PLAY below to hear Sarah’s full call to 3AW

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