Incident Summary:

11/09/2018: An assailant exited his car, which was loaded with gas cylinders that caught fire, and proceeded to stab civilians in central Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. One civilian was killed and two others were injured in the attack before the assailant was shot and killed by police. Sources noted that the assailant, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, had his passport revoked in 2015 because authorities believed he was planning to travel to Syria in order to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).




Australasia & Oceania

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Government of Australia
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target Australia
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Australia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A pickup truck filled with gas cylinders and a knife were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)'s Amaq News Agency claimed that Hassan Khalif Shire Ali was "one of Islamic State fighters;" however, there was no known connection between Ali and ISIL found. The victims included restaurant owner Sisto Malaspina.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Police Say Treating Melbourne Stabbing As A Terror Attack," AFP (World Service), November 9, 2018.
"Man shot dead after fire,stabbing in Melbourne," Oman Observer, November 10, 2018.
"Melbourne knife attacker inspired by Islamic State, police say," Reuters Canada, November 10, 2018.