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Somali Refugee turns terrorist in Melbourne, kills 2, injures 3 cops

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Two men are dead and three police officers injured after a two hour siege in Melbourne. 29-year-old Somali-born, Yacqub Khayre is being reported as the suspect. Khayre was shot dead by police.

7 News Melbourne also reported that Yacqub Khayre had a violent past and served 3 years in jail for a violent attack.

Police have shot and killed a gunman who took a hostage in Melbourne, after an apparent siege.

The situation has been resolved after a man was shot and the woman who was being held against her will was rescued, according to Victoria Police. The man may have killed someone else in the foyer of the same apartment building, according to local reports.

Local media stations said they had received a call that appeared to have come from within the building, where a woman could be heard screaming in the background. “This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda,” he is reported to have said.

Information on the attacker’s identity and his motivation would be revealed “when appropriate”, the police service said.

Earlier, Victoria Police had said that it was attempting to negotiate with the man inside the apartment, and confirmed that he was holding a woman and not allowing her to leave.

Three police officers were injured during the siege.

At the time of this initial report by Independent, they were unclear of who was responsible for the attack, however; Rita Katz, the Director of SITE Intelligence group confirmed ISIS took responsibility for this latest attack on the West.

Police are investigating whether the Somalian-born Roxburgh Park man deliberately lured them into a deadly ambush after it was revealed he had booked a female escort, whom he took hostage, and triggered an alert on his tracker.

The 29-year-old suspect, who was on parole, was holed up in one of the ground floor apartments with a shotgun and the female escort, and called the Channel Seven newsroom, stating: “This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda”.

The Melbourne Islamist killer was a Somali refugee with a criminal record. Yacqub Khayre, had a history of drug abuse, guns and violence. He told a local news channel his attack was for ISIS and al-Qaeda.

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