(Melbourne stabbings) Witness says assailant garbed in Islamic dress

World | 9 Nov 2018 4:16 pm

A witness named Markel told ABC Local Radio in Melbourne, Australia that bystanders were urging officers to shoot the man.

"A lot of bystanders [were] actually just screaming at the police officers, because the police officers were trying to take the knife off him and arrest him but bystanders were yelling out ‘just shoot him, just shoot him’.”

Bystander Drew Hair told Australian Associated Press he was walking on Swanston Street when he heard an explosion.

The next thing he saw was a "big dude punching into the police car.''

Hair said the assailant was dressed in Islamic clothing and of African appearance and about six foot four inches tall.

"The cops were trying to hit him with batons and he wasn’t going down,” he said. He said two civilians became involved as well as two police, trying to stop the man from his attack, news.com.au reported.

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