Melbourne 'in lockdown' as one dead, two injured in city stabbing

One person was stabbed to death and two others wounded after they were attacked by a man in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday, police said.

Police shot the man who threatened officers with a knife and he is in a critical condition under guard at a hospital, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters.

“Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene,” he said. “There is no known links to terrorism at this stage we will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link.”

Parts of the Australian city’s CBD were in lockdown on Friday afternoon and Victoria Police urged members of the public to avoid the area.

Witnesses said they heard explosions as a car burst into flames on Bourke Street and there were unconfirmed reports that a man was shot after attacking police with a knife.

Police said in a statement: “A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in critical condition.  

“Police are not looking for anyone further at this stage. A small number of people are being treated for stab wounds..

“The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.”

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