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Man shot by counter-terror police

A man has been shot dead and two counter-terrorism police have been stabbed during a confrontation in Australia's second-largest city.

It is not immediately clear whether the violence was related to a recent call from the Islamic State group to supporters to kill people in their home countries.

A police statement said an Australian federal police officer and another from Victoria state police, who were part of a joint counter-terrorism team, met the 18-year-old man outside a police station in south-east Melbourne on Tuesday in relation to an ongoing investigation when the violence erupted.

The statement said the two police officers were stabbed before one of the officers shot the man dead.

Both police officers are in stable condition at a hospital.

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