A burnt out vehicle is surrounded by police tape on Bourke Street in central Melbourne, Australia. Picture: AAP/James Ross/via Reuters
A burnt out vehicle is surrounded by police tape on Bourke Street in central Melbourne, Australia. Picture: AAP/James Ross/via Reuters
Armed security personnel stand near the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne. AAP/James Ross/via Reuters
Armed security personnel stand near the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne. AAP/James Ross/via Reuters
A burning car is seen near the Bourke Street mall, in Melbourne, Australia, in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Picture: JACK LOVEL/via REUTERS
A burning car is seen near the Bourke Street mall, in Melbourne, Australia, in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Picture: JACK LOVEL/via REUTERS
A burning car is seen on Bourke Street, in Melbourne, Australia, in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Picture: WILL MITCHELL/via REUTERS
A burning car is seen on Bourke Street, in Melbourne, Australia, in this picture grab obtained from social media video. Picture: WILL MITCHELL/via REUTERS
Sydney - Australian police on Friday said a Somali man who stabbed three people in the city of Melbourne on Friday drove a car laden with gas cylinders which caught fire and that they are treating the attack as terrorism.

The man stabbed three people, killing one before he was shot by police. He later died in hospital, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

"We don't believe there is an ongoing threat at this stage, but certainly we are treating it as a terrorism incident," Ashton said. He declined to identify the attacker, but said he was Somali with "family associations that are well known to us".

Ashton added that security arrangements at Remembrance Day memorials and other public events scheduled over the weekend will be reassessed and it was likely police numbers there boosted.

Reuters