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Traffic across Melbourne ground to a halt as police respond to a major incident in Bourke Street Mall.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have since claimed the attack as their own via their propaganda platform, releasing a statement saying the perpetrator of the operation in Melbourne was an Islamic State fighter and carried out the operation to target nationals of the coalition fighting IS, Amaq reported, allegedly quoting a jihadist security source.
Police have locked down Bourke Street and closed Swanston street after a car crashed into Bourke Street Mall.
A male offender drove his car into a sidewalk before setting it on fire and proceeding to stab shoppers and police, witnesses said.