Potential terrorist attack in Perth, Australia

Australian police said Sunday they shot dead a boy after he stabbed a man in the Western Australian capital of Perth, in an attack authorities said indicated terrorism.

There were signs the 16-year-old, armed with a kitchen knife, had been radicalized online, state authorities said, adding that they had received calls from concerned members of the local Muslim community before the attack, which happened late Saturday night.

Police said the attack on the outskirts of Wilton showed “specific signs” of terrorism but had not yet been declared an act of terrorism.

“At this stage it appears he was acting alone,” Western Australian Premier Roger Cook told a televised news conference in the state capital Perth about the attacker.

The victim is stable

Authorities said the victim, who was shot in the back, was in stable condition at the hospital.

The newly completed Perth Stadium can be seen near Crown Casino and the central business district (CBD) in Perth, Australia, December 19, 2017. The picture was taken on December 19, 2017. (Credit: REUTERS/David Gray)

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he had been informed of the incident by police and intelligence agencies, who said there was no threat.

“We are a peace-loving nation and violent extremism has no place in Australia,” Albanese said on social media platform X.

The incident comes after New South Wales police last month charged several boys with terrorism-related offenses after stabbing an Assyrian Christian bishop while he was giving a live sermon in Sydney on April 15.

The attack on Bishop comes just days after six people were killed in a knife attack in the Sydney beach suburb of Bondi.

Gun and knife crime is rare in Australia, which consistently ranks among the safest countries in the world, according to the federal government.

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