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Wednesday 8 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C
Nine News Melbourne/Facebook Police speak to the media in Melbourne.
# Australia
Possible terror link probed as police shoot dead hostage-taker in Melbourne
Three officers were injured as police stormed the building in the Brighton suburb.

AUSTRALIAN POLICE HAVE shot dead a man who took a woman hostage in a Melbourne apartment, after the body of another man was found in the building’s lobby.

The woman escaped safely but three officers were injured as police stormed the building.

Authorities have yet to determine whether the incident was terrorism-related.

“Police have resolved a hostage situation at an apartment block in Brighton,” Victoria state police said in a statement. Brighton is a Melbourne suburb.

“A man has been shot dead by police in the Bay Street apartment complex shortly before 6pm.

Police have safely rescued a woman who was being held against her will in the apartment block.

Police were responding to reports of an explosion at the apartment earlier in the day when they found the body of a man in the foyer.

“Another man was earlier located deceased with a gunshot wound in the lobby of the serviced apartment building just after 4pm,” the police said.

Assistant Commissioner Andrew Crisp said terrorism was “one line of inquiry” being pursued by police, ABC News reported in the wake of the incident.

His comment followed reports of a phone call to a TV channel by someone referencing Islamic State.

“That’s all part of the investigation at this point in time as to who made that phone call, but we will certainly be working with Channel 7 in relation to that phone call,” Crisp said, according to ABC’s report.

© AFP 2017 with reporting by Daragh Brophy 

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