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    Terror Suspect Shot Dead By Police After Stabbing Two Officers

    18-year-old man shot dead by police in Melbourne's southeast. Allegedly threatened to kill Australian PM Tony Abbott.

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    An 18-year-old man has been shot dead after stabbing two police officers in Melbourne.

    BREAKING: Melbourne terror shooting, evidence to suggest dead man had been waving Islamic State flag

    Simon Crerar@simoncrerar

    BREAKING: Melbourne terror shooting, evidence to suggest dead man had been waving Islamic State flag

    12:09 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The shooting occurred at about 7:45pm, Tuesday.

    According to the Australian Federal Police, it is understood a Victoria Police member and an AFP member, from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, met an 18-year-old man at Endeavour Hills police station on Heatherton Road in relation to an ongoing investigation.

    It is believed an altercation occurred about 7.45pm outside the police station, resulting in the stabbing of the two police members.

    One of the officers discharged his firearm, fatally shooting the 18-year-old man.

    The shot man had been invited to Endeavour Hills Police Station after allegedly waving an ISIL flag.

    UPDATE 1300 AEST The Australian Federal Police joined Victoria's Police Commissioner in releasing details about the shooting.

    BREAKING: AFP on reports of threat to Tony Abbott: "There were no specific threats made" http://t.co/lqbiuXJZbF

    Mark Di Stefano@MarkDiStef

    BREAKING: AFP on reports of threat to Tony Abbott: "There were no specific threats made" http://t.co/lqbiuXJZbF

    11:18 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The 18-year-old was named as Abdul Numan Haider, who is accused of stabbing the officers after one of them tried to shake his hand outside the police station.

    "When our police members have approached this young man, one's extended his hand to shake his hand and the response has been he's been stabbed in the arm," said Victoria's Police Commissioner Ken Lay.

    It's alleged that Haider then turned to the second police officer and stabbed him in the arm, neck and head, before the first already wounded officer shot and killed him.

    According to The Age's Crime Reporter John Silvester, Haider planned to behead the officers with the knife, drape their bodies with the ISIS flag and post images of the attack to social media websites.

    Commissioner Lay says officers were alerted to Haider three months ago and agencies became more concerned after he attended a shopping centre last week with an ISIS flag.

    "There's certainly information that he was present at the shopping centre in the last week or so with the flag that appeared to be an ISIS flag," said Commissioner Lay.

    There were earlier reports that Haider had made threats against the Prime Minister Tony Abbott, however the Australian Federal Police roundly dismissed the claims.

    "This is early stages of an investigation ... What I will say is and what I can be very confident on is there were no specific threats made," said Acting AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin.

    Prime Minister Abbott also issued a video message from Hawaii about the attack, while traveling to New York.

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    UPDATE 0000AEST: Special late editions of Wednesday's newspapers claim that the shot man had made a direct threat to kill Australian PM Tony Abbott.

    The Courier Mail's late edition claimed the man had been shot "after PM terror threat."

    Police say they had "no choice" but to shoot.

    Police say officers shook hands with the Narre Warren man, 18, before he lunged at them with the weapon. They had "no choice" but to shoot

    Angus Thompson@AngusGthompson

    Police say officers shook hands with the Narre Warren man, 18, before he lunged at them with the weapon. They had "no choice" but to shoot

    12:27 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The stabbed officers are members of a joint Australian Federal Police and Victoria Police counter-terrorism task force.

    Man shot dead after stabbing police in #EndeavourHills was 18-year-old possible terror suspect who recently had passport cancelled

    Simon Crerar@simoncrerar

    Man shot dead after stabbing police in #EndeavourHills was 18-year-old possible terror suspect who recently had passport cancelled

    12:21 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Police believe the man was acting alone.

    It appears the man police shot dead in counter terrorism incident was a lone wolf #endeavourhills

    David Hurley@davidhurleyHS

    It appears the man police shot dead in counter terrorism incident was a lone wolf #endeavourhills

    12:12 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    After the shooting bomb squad officers conducted a search of the dead man's vehicle.

    Victoria Police spokesman: "no evidence this man posed bomb threat, but we took a long hard look at vehicle he came in” #EndeavourHills

    Simon Crerar@simoncrerar

    Victoria Police spokesman: "no evidence this man posed bomb threat, but we took a long hard look at vehicle he came in” #EndeavourHills

    12:11 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Police said they were forced to take action after the man drew a knife and began stabbing officers after a routine arrest.

    Terror suspect shot dead by police at #EndeavourHills, Melbourne: “Our members had no choice but to take the actions they did”

    Simon Crerar@simoncrerar

    Terror suspect shot dead by police at #EndeavourHills, Melbourne: “Our members had no choice but to take the actions they did”

    12:04 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Police spokesmen at midnight press conference say suspect stabbed police multiple times.

    #EndeavourHills presser: both police from national anti-terror team. Suspect had 'edged weapon'; stabbed police 'multiple times' #Melbourne

    Andrew Hough@andrew_hough

    #EndeavourHills presser: both police from national anti-terror team. Suspect had 'edged weapon'; stabbed police 'multiple times' #Melbourne

    12:01 AM - 24 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The stabbed officers are in a stable condition in hospital.

    Good news! Both members involved in the Endeavour Hills shooting are now in a stable condition.

    Victoria Police@VictoriaPolice

    Good news! Both members involved in the Endeavour Hills shooting are now in a stable condition.

    11:56 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    AFP Media Release: Police Shooting in Endeavour Hills.

    Police are currently at the scene of a police shooting in Endeavour Hills.

    It is understood a Victoria Police member and an AFP member, from the Joint Counter Terrorism Team, met an 18-year-old man at Endeavour Hills police station on Heatherton Road in relation to an ongoing investigation.

    It is believed an altercation has occurred about 7.45pm outside the police station, resulting in the stabbing of the two police members.

    One of the officers has then discharged his firearm, fatally shooting the 18-year-old man.

    Both police officers were taken to hospital and are in a stable condition.

    Homicide Squad detectives are on scene and will investigate the incident on behalf of the Coroner.

    UPDATE: Deceased man in Melbourne was among 50 Austs to have his passport cancelled recently. All facts point to a terror investigation.

    Laura Jayes@ljayes

    UPDATE: Deceased man in Melbourne was among 50 Austs to have his passport cancelled recently. All facts point to a terror investigation.

    11:12 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The ABC claims the dead man was a terror suspect.

    #BREAKING: The ABC understands the dead man was being investigated over terrorism.

    ABC News@abcnews

    #BREAKING: The ABC understands the dead man was being investigated over terrorism.

    10:32 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And was known to police.

    #BREAKING: Man shot to death in Melbourne recently had passport cancelled; was known to authorities as a “person of interest”.

    ABC News@abcnews

    #BREAKING: Man shot to death in Melbourne recently had passport cancelled; was known to authorities as a “person of interest”.

    10:31 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Sky claimed the man was waving an ISIL flag.

    UPDATE: Very serious situation at Endeavour Hills. understands the man who was shot was brandishing an ISIL flag. #auspol (@ljayes)

    Sky News Australia@SkyNewsAust

    UPDATE: Very serious situation at Endeavour Hills. understands the man who was shot was brandishing an ISIL flag. #auspol (@ljayes)

    10:29 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The injured police were counter-terrorism officers.

    It's understood the two police officers stabbed in Melbourne were part of the joint counter terrorism team http://t.co/ue6ANfh6z7

    ABC News Melbourne@abcnewsMelb

    It's understood the two police officers stabbed in Melbourne were part of the joint counter terrorism team http://t.co/ue6ANfh6z7

    9:57 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    The news broke on Tuesday evening.

    #BREAKING Police say a person has been shot dead and two others have been stabbed in Endeavour Hills in Melbourne's east

    ABC News Melbourne@abcnewsMelb

    #BREAKING Police say a person has been shot dead and two others have been stabbed in Endeavour Hills in Melbourne's east

    8:30 PM - 23 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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