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Australian police treating deadly shootout as terror attack

The Seven Network took a phone call in its Melbourne newsroom at 5.41pm from a woman who said she was in a hostage situation before man came on the line saying "This is for IS, this is for al-Qaeda". AAP/Julian Smith/via REUTERS A police officer stands guard outside the Buckingham Serviced Apartments in Brighton in Melbourne, Australia, June 6, 2017 after police on Monday shot dead Yacqub Khayre after he held a woman hostage.

After the deadly attack, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack by that the gunman was one of its fighters.

Khayre was acquitted over the terror plot to launch a suicide attack against Sydney's Holsworthy army barracks in 2009 after a trial in 2010.

Turnbull described the incident as a "shocking and cowardly crime" and questioned why a man with a history of violent offences had been released on parole. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described yesterday's incident in the southeastern suburb of Brighton as a "terrorist attack" that underlined the need for constant vigilance in the face of Islamist extremism.

A Muslim terrorist killed a man and took a woman hostage before being killed by police.

He was on parole at the time of Monday's attack after being released from prison in late 2016 for intent to cause injury and arson.

Regarding the ISIS claim the gunman was a "soldier" of the group, Ashton was again sceptical.

They found the male employee dead in the lobby with a gunshot wound, while Khayre was holding hostage a prostitute he had hired through an escort agency.

Police have not named the gunman.

In December of that year a gunman killed two hostages during a 17-hour siege at a popular Sydney cafe.

"We've got three officers wounded at the scene in the gunfight with this individual, fortunately they look like they're OK", he said.

The evidence pointing to terrorism first emerged with a call to a television station during the siege, in which a man said, "This is for IS", presumably a reference to the Islamic State, and, "This is for al-Qaeda".

Melbourne's Seven News are reporting that a staff member received a call from a man, thought to be the shooter, just before gunfire rang out on Bay Street. Police have foiled several major plots in recent years.

Roads around the area were closed throughout the standoff and will remain closed for some time, police said.

On Monday, Khayre booked an appointment with an escort in an apartment building in Brighton and arrived carrying a shotgun, sparking a 2-hour siege.

ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack, though police say they don't believe that proves the attack was planned in advance.

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