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Gunman behind Melbourne siege acquitted of previous terror plot

16 June 2017

Parolee Yacqub Khayre, 29, was living with his mother in Roxburgh Park when he gunned down a hotel clerk at the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton, took a prostitute hostage and died in a police shootout on Monday.

Victoria police shot dead the man involved in the hostage situation at an apartment in Brighton near Melbourne Monday, after he began firing on police just before 6pm local time.

He said on Tuesday police were treating the deadly one-man siege in the southern city as an "act of terrorism" after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible.

Islamic State have claimed responsibility for the Melbourne hostage attack, saying the gunman was a "soldier" of the militant group. The woman was rescued, and another man was found dead in the lobby, the police said. It comes after Islamic State reportedly claimed responsibility for the drama.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said there were "very grave questions" about how Khayre got parole despite his violent, criminal history.

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One person was killed and three police officers were injured in the siege, which has been declared a terror attack.

"He's exchanged gunfire with police and has been fatally shot by police at the scene".

Khayre had served jail time over a violent burglary in 2012 and had been on parole for arson since November.

Police have named the gunman killed in what they says is a Melbourne terror attack as Yacqub Khayre.

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Three police employees suffered injuries during the incidents but they were not life threatening, police said, without elaborating.

Police and emergency services close to the scene of a hostage situation in Melbourne on Monday.

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The court documents also showed that Khayre migrated as a child with his family to Australia through a Kenyan refugee camp.

Ashton said there was nothing to link the violence with a van and knife attacks in London in which three assailants killed seven people. Another hostage was killed by fragments of a bullet fired by police who stormed the cafe and killed the gunman.

"We asked her more information, at that point a man came on the same line and said, "This is for IS, this is for al Qaida", Seven news director Simon Pristel said.

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"He is someone certainly known to us from his background but certainly as of yesterday there wasn't anything that we had that suggested that he was planning on embarking on this, that this was anything more than a spontaneous act".