THE AUSTRALIAN Federal Police (AFP) have shot and killed an 18-year-old after he attacked two officers with a knife whilst inside a Melbourne police station.
According to Australian channel ABC, the police had summoned the teenager to a police station in Endeavour Hills for questioning over alleged threats made against Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
It appears that the young man had been flagged as a person of interest by investigating officers not only for the threats made against Abbott, but also for suspected ties to Islamic State (IS). His passport had previously been cancelled after he was seen waving an IS flag.
AFP commissioner Luke Cornelius explained how the deceased stabbed two officers following an altercation on his arrival at the station. A third officer then proceeded to shoot and kill the teen.
Cornelius said: “From our point of view it is absolutely clear that our colleagues had no option other than to act as they did.”
The two wounded officers remain in hospital in a stable, but serious, condition.
Cornelius continued: “It appears that this individual was acting alone, and not as part of a coordinated plan with others.”
Last week Australia launched its biggest ever anti-terror operation, with 800 heavily armed officers carrying out raids in Sydney and Brisbane which resulted in the arrest of 15 suspects.
Australia has raised its terror threat level to ‘high’ for the first time in its history.