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Melbourne police see Islamic state inspiration behind stabbings

November 10, 2018 World 1 Views MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man who shot fire on a truck loaded with…

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian man who shot fire on a truck loaded with gas bottles in central Melbourne and bumped a person killed was inspired by the Islamic state but had no direct links with the group, police said on Saturday.

Police identified the man in charge of Friday’s attack as Somali-born Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30, and said he was radicalized and inspired by the militant group’s propaganda. He was taken care of by police and died in hospital.

Police said that Shire Ali’s Australian passports were terminated in 2015 following a intelligence service that he planned to travel to Syria, but he considered that he had a radical view that he did not pose any threat to national security.

The Islamic state asserted responsibility for the attack, which came two days before Memorial Day, which marked 1

00 years since the end of World War II, without giving any evidence.

“I think it is fair to say that he (Shire Ali) was inspired. He was radicalized,” the Australian deputy commissioner, Ian McCartney, told reporters in Melbourne.

“We do not say it was direct contact. We say it was more from an inspirational perspective.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the counseling of national terrorism remained “probable”, the centerpiece of a five-step system and told reporters in Sydney that radical Islam was the problem.

“I have to call it. Radical, violent, extremist Islam that opposes our very lifestyles. I am the first to protect religious freedom in this country, but it also means that I must be the first to call out religious extremism, he said.


Friday’s attack began just before the evening speed and lasted only a few minutes. Shire Ali bumped the gunman and attacked the police while his commercial vehicle with barbecuing bottles fired on busy Bourke Street. ( 19659011] Flower attributes can be seen outside Melbourne Pellegrinis Cafe for Sisto Malaspina, the day after his death in an attack police called terrorist acts in central Melbourne, Australia, November 10, 2018. AAP / James Ross / via REUTERS

The cylinders did not explode and the fire was put out in 10 minutes, of which the attack was over, but not until a man was dead.

The police said he was a 74-year-old man who worked in the city and did not release his name.

The human business partner identified him as Sisto Malaspina, a partner of Pellegrini’s cafe, a Melbourne institution credited with being thrown into the city’s famous coffee culture.

“Many tears have been shot”, the co-owner of the café. Nino Pangrazio, told The Age magazine, and customers added flowers and written tribute outside the cafe on Saturday.

“This should not happen in a city like Melbourne”, a witness who returned to the scene on Saturday told Reuters and cried. “I just want to forget about it,” she said.

Video published on Twitter and broadcast on television showed that Shire Ali swung a knife at two police officers while the truck burned in the background before collapsing when shooting him in the chest.

The Victoria police said that terrorist investigators sought two properties in the suburb of Melbourne in connection with the attack, but there was no immediate word for what the searches gave.

At a west-end, a modest one-storey brick house, armed civil servants wore barracks outside guard. Bourke Street also opened on Saturday and a Reuters reporter said there was an increased police presence in the area.

An incredible American Allied, Australia has become aware of such violence after a Sydney Siege in 2014 and its intelligence services have intensified the review. Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said there was no warning about the latest attack.

He said it was no longer a threat to the public, but that security would be increased in horse sports and Memorial’s memorials over the weekend.

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