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Mosque attack: One dead, two hurt (Melbourne)

One killed, two injured, in stabbing at Dallas mosque. Update #4.

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(Broadmeadows mosque, photo: 7 News, source: Twitter)

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Update #4: MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING FATAL STABBING IN DALLAS

A 22-year-old man has been charged following a fatal stabbing at a mosque in Dallas this morning.

The Broadmeadows man faced an out of sessions’ court hearing this evening and was charged with one count of murder.

Erol Elmas has been remanded in custody and will face the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

Senior Constable Melissa Seach, Source: http://www.vicpolicenews.com.au

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Update #3: This is what we at IslamInAustralia.com know about this attack so far.

It appears that:

  • it was a random incident, not part of anything larger
  • 23 year old male, drug affected and with psychiatric problems attended the mosque and was refused entry
  • he then pulled a knife and stabbed 3 people as they tried to restrain him
  • one person has died, he is senior in age – his name is Omar
  • two others injured, one critical

Stabbing in DallasThe large police contigent, including a mobile command centre arrives at the scene at Dallas. Photo: Josie Hayden/News.com.au

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Update #2: Mosque stabbing: one dead and two wounded in Melbourne knife attack

Police say they have made an arrest after witnesses saw the suspect enter the Broadmeadows mosque.

by , source: http://www.theguardian.com

One man was killed and two others were wounded in a knife attack at a mosque in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows on Thursday morning.

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Police cordoned off King street and blocked access to the mosque. Photograph: Paul Miller/AAP

Guardian Australia was told that onlookers saw a man enter the mosque, where he stabbed the three men. Victoria police said one of the victims had died and the other two had been taken to hospital, one in a critical condition.

“Three men were stabbed during the incident and one of those men has since died,” a police statement said. “The critical incident response team attended and arrested the fourth man.”

The area has one of Victoria’s largest Muslim populations, with the Broadmeadows mosque on King street one of the longest-established mosques in Melbourne.

Community tensions have recently flared over a proposal to build another mosque nearby in Coolaroo.

In August, about 1,000 locals gathered outside Hume city council’s offices to object to plans to build the mosque, which would be next to a church. Protesters said the mosque should be built in a less “sensitive” area.

Yesim Aksu, whose father attends the Broadmeadows mosque, told Guardian Australia that her mother was near the building at the time of the stabbing.

“My mother said someone had got into the mosque and attacked three other men,” she said. “She said she had never seen so many police in the one place before. They’ve blocked off the streets and access to the mosque.

“This is a very tightly knit community, so it’s a shock for this to happen. I don’t think there’s any deep-seated tension in the community. Some people have got annoyed and abusive in the past, but I’ve never seen violence in the area.”

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Update #1: One killed, two injured, in stabbing at Dallas mosque

by Thomas O’Byrne, Source: http://www.theage.com.au

One man has been killed and two others injured in a stabbing at a mosque in Melbourne’s north.

Homicide squad detectives are en route to the Broadmeadows Mosque on King Street, Dallas, following a violent altercation between four people just before 11am on Thursday.

Police spokeswoman Natalie Webster said the critical incident response team was called in and arrested the man.

One of the men who was stabbed has since died.

Another man, suffering from injuries to his upper body, was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition.

The third man is being taken to the Northern Hospital in a stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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