The 18-year-old suspect shot dead by counter-terrorism police has been named by authorities as Abdul Numan Haider.
Senior police sources confirmed Mr Haider, whose family is from Afghanistan, was the “person of interest” who was expected to attend an interview at Melbourne’s Endeavour Hills police station when the shooting occured last night.
“There’s certainly information that he was present at the shopping centre in the last week or so with the flag that appeared to be an ISIS flag,” Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay told the ABC. “It’s not an offence but clearly it drew our attention to this person and we had a conversation with this person.”
Mr Haider had also been associated with a radical Islamic group named Al-Furqan, although the ABC reports it is understood he had recently moved away from the group.
Mr Haider’s Facebook page includes photographs of the teenager wearing military camouflage with an Islamic flag, Fairfax Media reports.
“The main message I’m sending with these statuses and photos is to the dogs AFP and ASIO who are declaring war on Islam and Muslims,” a post on Mr Haider’s Facebook page reads.
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An 18-year-old man has been shot dead by counter-terrorism police in outer south-east Melbourne, while two policemen have been stabbed in the frightening incident.
Police said one Victorian police officer and one AFP officer met a Narre Warren man outside the Endeavour Hills police station at about 7:45pm last night.
The suspect had been asked to come in to the station by police to answer questions regarding an ongoing terrorism investigation — but after greeting the two officers with a handshake he attacked the officers with a sharp instrument, then ran towards the police station and was shot, Fairfax Media reports.
Police sources said it was the Victorian officer who shot the man.
The ABC reports that the man’s passport had been confiscated and he had made threats in the past towards the Prime Minister.
“There is intelligence to suggest that this incident may have happened but (we’re) still confirming all the details to bring the links together on that,” Mr Giles said.
While Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius would not go into detail about why police wanted to speak to the man, the ABC reports it is understood he had made threats against Prime Minister Tony Abbott.