The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the violence
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05 of June 2017 17:59:47
MELBOURNE – Australian police said on Tuesday that a shootout in which two men died, three police officers were wounded and a female hostage was freed was being treated as a terror attack.Police were called to an apartment building in the Melbourne suburb of Brighton on Monday in response to reports of an explosion and discovered the body of a man in the lobby. Police tried to negotiate with a gunman in one of the apartments, an official said.The gunman later left the building and shot three officers before police killed him. Two of the wounded police officers were taken to a hospital, and the other was treated at the scene.Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Tuesday the gunman, who he did not name, had been implicated in a thwarted suicide attack at a Sydney army barracks in 2009."We believe that this person was there with those sorts of intentions, albeit we don't know whether it was something planned at this stage," Ashton told Seven Network television."We are treating it as a terror attack," he added.