IS Claims Responsibility for Australia Attack

This image made from video shows police on street corner after a shooting in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Photo: AP/ Australian Broadcasting Corporation
This image made from video shows police on street corner after a shooting in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

November 09, 2018 06:18 AM

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Australia that police say was linked to terrorism.

Police say the driver of a pickup truck got out of his vehicle, which then caught fire, and attacked three bystanders with a knife before being fatally shot by police on Friday in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city.

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Police said the attacker came from Somalia.


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The militant group said in a statement released through its Aamaq media arm that the man was "one of Islamic State fighters" and carried out the attack in response to IS calls for attacks in countries that are part of the international coalition fighting the militants in Syria and Iraq.

IS, which has suffered heavy battlefield setbacks in Syria and Iraq in the past year, often claims attacks in an opportunistic vein.

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