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Australian terror suspect had passport axed

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.

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Melbourne shooting: Dead man was 18-year-old

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."

Dead man was 'being investigated over terrorism'

The man is alleged to have threatened to kill Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Credit: Reuters

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.

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Expert: Those targeted in raids likely motivated by events in Syria and Iraq

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".

Australian PM says police acted to prevent 'demonstration killings'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said that the overnight raids were prompted by fears that "demonstration killings" were being planned.

Speaking at a press conference, he said that police acted on intelligence showing directions from "an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL ... to conduct demonstration killings here in this country".

"So this is not just suspicion, this is intent and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have," he said.

Residents 'woken by sound of loudspeakers and choppers'

Residents in several suburbs of Sydney and Brisbane say they were woken by the sound of hovering helicopters and police using loudspeakers in the early hours of Thursday morning.

One resident, Mark Anderson, told Fairfax Media he heard police officers on a loudspeaker asking someone to come outside a home in the Guildford suburb of Sydney.

This is the first video ITV News has received showing the raids:

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