From John Silvester, The Age
The 18-year-old shot dead by counter-terrorism police in Endeavour Hills on Tuesday night was Numan Haider, a recent graduate from Springvale Islamic College.
Police suspect the 18-year-old man shot dead outside the Endeavour Hills police station planned to behead officers and post the images online.
Numan Haider used a small knife to attack an Australian Federal Police officer and a Victorian policeman before he was shot dead with a single shot.
When Haider was searched he was found to be carrying a larger knife and an Islamic State flag.
Police believe the plan was to follow instructions from the international terror group Islamic State and behead the officers, cover the bodies in the flag and then take photos to post via the internet.
He had been the subject of police investigations for the past three months as he had become increasingly radical.
Schoolfriends said he showed no signs of violent behaviour in secondary college.
Police say he was part of a small group of Islamic Melbourne men who have been sharing violent hate messages.
His passport was cancelled as police became concerned although they chose to meet him outside a police station to avoid inflaming the situation.
“No-one was aware what was in his mind,” a senior policeman said.