Brave bystanders who used a chair and a shopping cart to ram a knife-wielding terrorist are today greeted as heroes.
Somalian terrorist Mohamed Khalif launched an outrageous attack in Melbourne and stabbed three people, killing one after pushing his car against a pedestrian before he was shot by the police.
The car, filled with gas bottles, went up in flames before the lone wolf attacker sacrifices himself to officers.
Witnesses intervened, including a man who boldly accused the terrorist of a shopping cart and another who waved a chair at him.
Users of social media praised the actions of the bystanders, some even saying that they felt safer in the city because of them.
The man with the car could be seen from one side of the road to the other before he hit Khalil with such force that he fell over himself.
The car, however, seemed to trip the attacker and delayed him a few moments before the officers opened fire on him.
Like the man with the car, another man can be seen armed with a chair trying to intervene and help.
Responding to social media, one person said: "Total respect for the shopping cart hero trying to knock down a madman with nothing but a metal basket on not very good wheels."
A spectator has been hailed as a hero after trying to cut down a knife-handling man with a shopping cart during the horrifying attack on Friday at Bourke Street
In the aftermath of a body, a body lay on the road covered with a white sheet
Another said: "Unbelievable work by the police in Melbourne, but also bystanders – one who uses a trolley to subdue the man. & # 39;
A third added: Cops are trying to pull the man down with a knife. Passerby seems to turn him off with a shopping cart. & # 39;
Witnesses said the terrorist's Holden Rodeo car was loaded with gas bottles and a pedestrian hit while driving on the curb and on Friday at around 4:20 PM near Target at the Swanson Street intersection.
Several clips shared on social media show the man with a knife and sprinting to policemen – who were armed with batons and tasers.
Another spectator, with a chair over his shoulder, was also seen to help the police arrest the attacker and also earned praise on social media
Video showed a man who tried to stab and cut a knife with two police officers before he was shot down with a taser and fell to the ground, and a brave shopper tried to hit him with a trolley
The insane attack believed to have lasted more than a minute, starting with Khalif calling two police officers, punching one through a window of a vehicle, and taking them out with a knife.
During the attack, the man chased the officers around trees as they tried to avoid his blows and to defuse the situation.
While this happened, the brave spectator tried to run down the attacker with a shopping cart.
The officers then retreated to the other side of the road when the attacker, dressed in a long jacket and gray trousers, was ominously haunted as annoyed bystanders who had called the police to shoot him.
The man tried to stab and chop a few more times at the officers before he was shot in his neck and fell to the floor. He was quickly arrested on the sidewalk by two officers.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have since claimed the attack as their own through their propaganda platform, and released a statement saying: "The culprit of the operation in Melbourne was a hunter of the Islamic State and carried out the operation to nationals of the coalition that fights IS & # 39; said Amaq, allegedly citing a jihadist security source.
ISIS has previously claimed responsibility for attacks that were later found to be unrelated to the organization.
Khalif's 21-year-old brother, Ali Khalif Shire Ali, was arrested in November 2017 in connection with an allegedly thwarted terrorist attack on Federation Square, also in the heart of Melbourne.
Khalif and his family were known by counterterrorism organizations at the state and national levels and believed they were associated with North African extremist groups.
His passport was canceled a few years ago after he had been identified as one of 300 potential security risks.
It was also noted that the police are unable to contact Khalif's wife and to believe that she is both missing and radicalized.
A car crashed at the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne and burst into flames
The man was quickly arrested on the sidewalk by two officers for shocked pedestrians who stayed back to film it
Photo's of the scene showed that the Holden Colorado burned on the sidewalk
Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian while walking on the sidewalk outside Target next to the Swanson Street intersection, on Friday at around 4:20 PM
Authorities hope to use the state's preventive detention laws for the first time since their entry into force, where the police are legally allowed to hold a suspect for up to seven days if they think the person poses a threat or security risk, Herald Sun reported .
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said that the attack was a bad and frightening thing that happened in our state & # 39 ;.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this, but we will not be determined by this," he said.
The leader of the Victorian liberal party, Matthew Guy, said & # 39; we have to eradicate these kinds of things, in a media conference shortly thereafter.
& # 39; Any source should keep Victorians safe. & # 39;
The police asks people to avoid the area and says that more information will be given when it was available
Another said they heard what sounded like a bomb and a cannon shot & # 39;
The fire was brought under control in about five minutes, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade said