Australian police on Monday shot dead a shooter in the city of Melbourne who had been holding a lady hostage, police stated, an encounter for which the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility. Australia, a staunch ally of the United States and its escalating action against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, has been on high alert for attacks by home-grown terrorists coming back from battling in the Middle East or their supporters.
Three cops were hurt in a stand-off lasting over an hour at an apartment building in the beachside suburb of Brighton, police said in an announcement. A moment man had before been discovered dead from a shot injury, they said.
Victoria state police tried to negotiate with a man inside an apartment, they said in a post on their official account on social network Twitter, including, “It’s believed a lady is with him whom he won’t permit to leave.”
After a hour, police said the situation had been settled with the lady rescued.
Three police workers suffered injuries during the incidents however they were not life-threatening, police stated, without elaborating.
Afterward, Islamic State said one of its fighters carried out the attack because of Australia’s membership in the US-led coalition.
“The attack in Melbourne, Australia was carried out by a trooper of the Islamic State in response to the call for targeting the matters of the coalition states,” One of a leading news agency said.