Australian PM says Melbourne siege 'a terrorist attack'

Khayre was granted parole in December and was complying with his parole conditions until he killed a man, took a woman hostage and injured three police in a shootout on Monday.

A spokeswoman for Vixen Collective, an organisation representing sex workers, said she did not believe escorts were specifically targeted given Islamic State had recently encouraged readers of its magazine to lure people via various means, including fake classified ads. During that time he contacted the media to say, "This is for IS, this is for Al Qaeda".

The siege Monday at an apartment building in a Melbourne suburb was being treated as an act of terror, but Victoria state Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the gunman appeared to have acted alone and not as part of any ongoing plot or threat.

"We're not seeing anything indicating that he's got some message from overseas to do this at all but, again, early days".

"We must be careful.the motivation will hopefully come out once we examine the material". We'll go through that and work it out.

Police did not regard the Islamic State group's claim of responsibility for the Melbourne violence as evidence that it was planned.

Australia is a key ally of the USA and is flying combat missions against Islamic State in Syria.

"We're aware of them having claimed responsibility, but then they always tend to jump up and claim responsibility every time something happens so we note that that has happened", he said. They tried to negotiate with him before Khayre walked out of the building firing the shotgun.

"He's exchanged gunfire with police and has been fatally shot by police at the scene". The officers' injuries are not life-threatening.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the attack underlined the need to be constantly vigilant.

"There have been too many cases of people on parole committing violent offences of this kind", the prime minister told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Australian officials have grown increasingly concerned over the threat of extremist attacks.

Khayre, whose parents were refugees from Somalia, was known to police and had a long criminal history.

But media reports said Khayre has a violent criminal record and was acquitted of plotting a terror attack at a Sydney army base several years ago.

Three of his co-accused were found guilty of planning the terrorist assault as payback for Australia's military action in the Middle East.

Victoria's parole board had no idea gunman Yacqub Khayre was on a terror watch list and had no information he would be a risk to the public if released.

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