MELBOURNE SIEGE: TWO DEAD, THREE POLICE SHOT, WOMAN HELD HOSTAGE, POLICE CONFIRM ‘ACT OF TERRORISM’

Police have confirmed they are treating the Melbourne siege as an “act of terrorism”.

Two men are dead, three police officers were shot and a woman was taken hostage in a dramatic siege in the Melbourne bayside suburb of Brighton on Monday night.

The gunman, who was one of those killed, has been identified as 29-year-old Roxburgh Park man Yacqub Khayre.

The officers killed the gunman during the shootout. Two were later taken to hospital with gunshot wounds, while the other officer was treated at the scene.

Islamic State is claiming responsibility for the attack.

The gunman has been identified as 29-year-old Roxburgh Park man Yacqub Khayre.

Isis blamed the attack on Australia’s membership of the US-led coalition against the militant group.

Source: National News Agency

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