According to the Herald Sun, the men had outlaw motorcycle gang links and had converted to Islam while in prison in NSW. They were of low-level interest to counter-terrorism police.
The men were taken to hospital with serious injuries after being shot near a camping ground by Victorian police near the NSW border.
The men were shot after police tried to intercept a vehicle at Barnawartha North about 3pm on Wednesday.
The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are still being established but police say there is no threat to the community.
Ambulance Victoria was unable to provide details about the men’s injuries or the hospital they were taken to.