Australian police kill hostage-taker

2017-06-05 15:39
Police in Melbourne get ready to approach a Melbourne flat. (Mal Fairclough, AFP)

Police in Melbourne get ready to approach a Melbourne flat. (Mal Fairclough, AFP)

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Sydney - Australian police on Monday shot dead a man who had taken a woman hostage in a Melbourne flat and said they were investigating whether the incident was terror-related.

Police responding to reports of an explosion at the block of flats in the suburb of Brighton had earlier found the body of another man in the foyer.

The siege ended when the suspect left the complex and opened fire. The woman escaped safely but three officers were injured by gunshots.

Police returned fire and killed the man.

Home soil

"We have our counter-terrorism command working on the incident with our crime department investigators," said deputy police commissioner Andrew Crisp.

"It's early days and it's one line of inquiry".

Australian officials are growing increasingly concerned at the threat of militant attacks.

Officials say they have prevented 12 such attacks on home soil since the threat level was raised in September 2014, with 61 people charged.

But four have gone ahead, including the murder of a Sydney police employee in 2015 by a 15-year-old boy.

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