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Bourke Street attack ‘trolley man’ says ‘I’m no hero’

The man who almost brought down an Islamic State-inspired terrorist with nothing more than a shopping trolley says he is "no hero".

Key points

  • "I got him. I didn't quite get him down," says Michael "Trolley Man" Rogers
  • The co-owner of the iconic Pellegrini's Espresso Bar was killed in the attack
  • Premier Daniel Andrews has urged Victorians to turn out in force for Armistice Day events

Dubbed "trolley man" for his efforts, Michael Rogers has become a cult figure in the city in the past 36 hours.

The acclaim comes after he was seen on video of Friday's Bourke St terrorist attack using a shopping trolley to try to prevent Hassan Khalif Shire Ali from continuing his deadly rampage.

Shire Ali, a 30-year-old Somali-born man who moved to Melbourne in the 1990s, lit his ute on fire near one of Melbourne's busiest thoroughfares on Friday afternoon, before stabbing three passers-by.

One of his victims, the 74-year-old co-owner of the iconic Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, Sisto Malaspina, died at the scene.

Shire Ali died in hospital after being shot by a rookie police constable who was just three months out of the academy.

While it took a bullet to finally stop Shire Ali, the trolley man's efforts to bring him down won praise from as high up as the Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police.

"People act in the spur of the moment in those sort of things, and that's what he's done," Graham Ashton said.

"He's attempted to support the police there, and do what he could."

Man plays violin outside Sisto Malaspina's restaurant

But Mr Rogers has played down his contribution.

"I threw the trolley straight at him, and I got him. I didn't quite get him down, though. I'm no hero," he told Channel 7.

"I have seen the trolley to the side, so I've picked it up and I ran and threw the trolley straight at him.

"Got him but didn't get him down. And I did that motion quite a number of times, but it just was not getting him down."

Police tape surrounds a body, covered by white material, lying on road.

Premier urges Victorians to celebrate Armistice Day

As investigations into the attack continue, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews is urging people to show up en masse for Armistice Day events.

While police have stressed there was no ongoing threat after Friday's attack, security has been stepped up around Melbourne as the city prepares to commemorate 100 years since the signing of the armistice to end World War I.

Events will take place this morning at the Shrine of Remembrance, while around the city, 100 buglers will line the streets of the CBD to sound the last post at 11:00am.

The Shrine at night, lit up in red

Mr Andrews said the best way to condemn the violence was to commemorate those who had defended our freedom.

"Remembrance Day is so, so, so important, but the centenary year is particularly important," Mr Andrews said.

"[It's] an opportunity for us to affirm those values and say thank you to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

"I'll be at the shrine and I would encourage all Victorians to be involved."

Police were confronted by a knife-wielding man after responding to a car fire.

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