Australian PM identifies Chinese-Australian man as sole victim of Melbourne terror attack

Updated 2017-06-07 14:30:33 Xinhua

A Chinese-born Australian citizen was on Wednesday identified as the man killed by terrorist Yacqub Khayre in Melbourne on Monday.

Kai Hao, 36, was shot dead by Khayre in the foyer of the apartment complex where Khayre took a woman hostage on Monday night.

Australian security officials have confirmed that the incident was an act of terror and are investigating whether Khayre, who was killed by police after he fired a shotgun at officers, acted on behalf of Islamic State (IS).

Malcolm Turnbull, Australia's Prime Minister, confirmed on Wednesday that the body discovered in the foyer of the apartment in Brighton, 11 kilometers southeast of Melbourne, belonged to Kai Hao.

"Kai Hao - a dad, has been killed by a terrorist in Melbourne, Australia," Turnbull said on Melbourne radio on Wednesday.

"A heartbreaking crime."

Police had not yet confirmed the identity of the man, but did say he had recently married and had a child.

"Our sympathies go out to his family and we will be providing support," Shane Patton, deputy commissioner of Victoria Police, told reporters.

It is believed that Kai Hao was working in the complex as a caretaker.

Aside from Khayre, he was the only person killed during the incident which prompted a two-hour police siege.

Three police officers were hurt when Khayre emerged from the building at 6 p.m. local time on Monday and started shooting officers.

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