Shooting and explosion in possible terror attack in Australia

Explosion, gunfire near Melbourne. Hostage taken by gunman who claims 'this is for ISIS'.

David Rosenberg , | updated: 1:25 PM

Police line (illustration)
Police line (illustration)
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One person was killed in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia Monday afternoon and another taken hostage by a gunman who claimed he was acting on behalf of the ISIS terror group.

Police say an explosion was heard on Bay Street in Brighton at roughly 4:30 p.m. local time.

Officers responding to the explosion say they found the body of a man with bullet wounds near the scene of the explosion.

While on the scene, a gunman opened fire on the officers, wounding three of them.

The gunman took a woman hostage and called local news claiming the attack was motivated by his fealty to the ISIS terror group.

“This is for IS [Islamic State], this is for Al Qaeda,” the man told 7 News Melbourne.

Police say they were ultimately able to secure the hostage’s release and kill the gunman.

Authorities say the investigation into the attack is ongoing and no official determination has yet been made regarding the possibility of terrorism as the motive or ties to known terrorist groups.

“Police have resolved a hostage situation at an apartment block in Brighton,” a police spokesperson said.

“A man has been shot dead by police in the Bay Street apartment complex shortly before 6pm.”

“Police have safely rescued a woman who was being held against her will in the apartment block.”

The spokesperson said two of the three injured officers were evacuated to a local hospital, while one was treated on the scene.



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