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A man shot dead after he stabbed two Australian police officers had his passport cancelled on national security grounds, it has emerged.
An Australian Federal Police officer and a Victoria state officer who were part of a Joint Counter Terrorism Team had asked the 18 year old to come to a police station in south-east Melbourne to answer questions after first drawing their attention three months ago, Victoria police chief, commissioner Ken Lay, said.
The trio exchanged handshakes before the man began stabbing the two officers. One of the officers shot the man dead.
Australian police have said two officers stabbed during a counter terror operation are now in stable conditions in hospital.
The man shot dead outside a police station in Melbourne today was an 18-year-old, local police said.
In a statement on their website Victoria Police said the man had been asked to attend an interview in relation to an ongoing police investigation.
It added: "It is believed an altercation occurred about 7.45pm (local time) outside the police station, resulting in the stabbing of the two police members.
"One of the officers has then discharged his firearm, fatally shooting the 18-year-old man."
A man shot in Melbourne after allegedly making threats to kill the Australian Prime Minister was being investigated over terrorism, it is claimed.
The man is said to have been a "person of interest" who had also recently had his passport confiscated, according to ABC TV.
Two police officers, one from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the other from Victoria Police, are thought to have been stabbed during the incident.
They have both been rushed to hospital. One of them is described as being in a critical but stable condition.
Police are expected to make a statement shortly.
A person has been shot dead in Melbourne after reportedly making threats against the Australian Prime Minister.
Local media report that two counter-terrorism officers were stabbed during the incident, with one said to be in a critical condition in hospital.
An expert on terrorism and Islam has said that those targeted in the overnight raids were likely motivated by what has been happening in Syria and Iraq rather than in Australia.
Greg Barton, acting director of the Centre for Islam and the Modern World at Monash University, described the raids in two Australian cities as "massive" and the "largest in history".