Police report multiple stabbing 'incident' in Melbourne

A policeman stands near a body covered with a sheet near the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne. Reuters photo

Australian police on Friday reported multiple people were hurt in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne's central business district after they apprehended a suspect near a burning vehicle.

Paramedics said they assessed three people at the scene, one with a neck injury: "They are in a suspected critical condition. A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury. Condition not yet known. A third person has also been taken to the hospital." Local media showed footage of a large man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot.

Police warned people to avoid the area, although the suspect is believed to have been detained.

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