ISIS Says It’s Behind Hostage Siege and Killing in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian authorities are treating an abduction and a killing here in Melbourne on Monday, which ended with the gunman dead, as a terrorist attack.
The police killed the gunman after he held a woman hostage at an apartment complex in Brighton, one of Melbourne’s wealthiest suburbs. The woman was rescued, and another man was found dead in the lobby, the police said. The authorities did not immediately identify the victims.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack early Tuesday morning, Melbourne time, calling the assailant a “soldier” of the terrorist group.
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The police killed the assailant and rescued the woman he took hostage in a wealthy neighborhood near Melbourne. The gunman had a lengthy criminal history, the police said.