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June 12, 2019 21:16:39

The ABC understands two men who were shot by police in Victoria’s north-east have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs and were of interest to counterterrorism authorities.

The men were taken to hospital in a serious condition after the shootings, which occurred at Barnawartha North near the New South Wales border.

It was understood when police tried to intercept the men about 3:00pm, the officers were threatened with an axe and a knife.

Police then opened fire.

The ABC understood Victoria Police were checking on the suspects this afternoon.

They had been considered a low-level threat.

It was understood there was no ongoing threat to safety.

The ABC also understood they converted to Islam when they were serving time in a New South Wales prison.

Police were expected to hold a media conference at the scene.

Earlier, Victoria Police said the shootings happened when officers tried to stop a car on Old Barnawartha Road near Richardsons Bend camping ground on the Murray River.

In a statement, police said both men sustained “serious injuries” and had been airlifted to hospital.

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June 12, 2019 18:02:29

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